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Former Steubenville Football Coach Expected to Plead Guilty

Later this month, a former Steubenville (Ohio) High School volunteer football coach is expected to enter a guilty plea for his connection with the highly publicized rape case, the Herald-Star reported on Tuesday.

In November, a grand jury indicted Matthew Belardine on four misdemeanor charges: underage persons offenses concerning "beer or intoxicating liquor," obstructing official business, falsification, and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child. If convicted of all counts, he could serve up to one year and 265 days in jail.

He's set to appear at the Jefferson County Common Pleas Court on April 22, where he is expected to enter his guilty plea, per the paper.

The grand jury also charged three other school officials in November, including Michael McVey, the superintendent of the Steubenville school district. McVey faces a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence, two fifth-degree felony counts of obstructing justice, a first-degree misdemeanor count of falsification, and a second-degree misdemeanor count of obstructing official business. If he's convicted on all counts, the superintendent could serve up to seven years and 270 days in prison.

According to the Herald-Star, a hearing has been scheduled for May 7 concerning pending motions in McVey's case. The trial date for McVey is expected to be determined at that hearing, the paper reports.

While the legal proceedings continue to play out, actor/producer Brad Pitt made his own Steubenville-related news this week. Pitt's production company, Plan B, will be producing a movie based on a Rolling Stone article, "Anonymous vs. Steubenville," which focuses on the main hacktivist who brought national attention to the case, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Anonymous member, Deric Lostutter, is facing more than a decade in prison for allegedly hacking the e-mail account of the webmaster of Stuebenville's booster club website, according to Rolling Stone.

Lostutter confirmed the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday:

The movie is Plan B's first confirmed project since its last movie, 12 Years a Slave, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards earlier this year, according to Cosmopolitan.

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