UMass students arraigned in court following post-Super Bowl disturbance

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Six UMass Amherst students were arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Tuesday morning, on charges connected to Sunday’s post-Super Bowl disturbance.

The six students are facing various charges from assault and battery on a police officer to disorderly conduct and failure to disperse:

Michael Mahoney: Assault and battery on a police officer, riot, fail disperse, disorderly conduct
Joseph Neylon: Resist arrest, disorderly conduct
Timothy Canning: Riot, fail disperse, disorderly conduct
Marc Griffiths: Disorderly conduct
Zachary Korff: Disorderly conduct
Jack McDermont: Disorderly conduct
Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf and they were released without bail. The six students were ordered to return to court in March.

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After the Patriots loss to the Eagles, nearly 2,000 people filled the Southwest residential area on campus. Police issued multiple orders for crowds to disperse before using PepperBall pellets to clear the area.

A seventh suspect, Jordan Ortiz, was arraigned Monday, on charges of disorderly conduct, rioting, and failure to disperse.

UMass told 22News the disturbance caused about $2,600 in damage, in six residence halls. A dozen people were also taken to the hospital for cuts, head injuries, and intoxication.