'Sandlot' Star Pleads Not Guilty in Halloween-Night Assault

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Michael Vitar and two others are accused of jumping a 22-year-old man handing out candy.

Michael Anthony Vitar, who played Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez (aka “Benny the Jet”) in 1993's The Sandlot, on Thursday pleaded not guilty to an assault which took place last Halloween, according to the Los Angeles county district attorney's office.

Vitar, Thomas Molnar and Eric Carpenter are all accused of assaulting a 22-year-old man who was handing candy out to kids while he walked down the street. The three men allegedly chased the victim down and jumped him, the district attorney's office stated.

Vitar, 37, and Molnar were charged with one count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. They face up to four years each in state prison if convicted. 

Carpenter, who allegedly also choked the victim, was charged with personally inflicting great bodily injury and faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted. 

At the time of the assault, both Vitar and Carpenter were Los Angeles firefighters.

Following the assault, a fire department official said two firefighters were placed on paid administrative leave pending a criminal investigation, but he would not confirm their identities.

All three men are due back in court March 3. 

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