CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming guard Luke Martinez plans to pursue a professional basketball career outside the United States after serving a jail sentence for his role in a fight outside a Laramie bar last year, his attorney said Thursday.

Martinez of Bismarck, N.D., pleaded guilty Monday in circuit court to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to pay $58,000 in restitution.

"Luke's a good kid," his attorney, Thomas Fleener, said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I mean he gave a lot to the University of Wyoming, he regrets the incident tremendously and knows that he caused issues with last year's basketball team, and I know he feels bad about that. So he's ready to do what he needs to do and move on with his life."

Police say Martinez kicked Parfait Nayigihugu, who was unconscious at the time, in the face outside a Laramie bar on Dec. 30.

Martinez immediately was suspended from the team and never played again the rest of the 2012-13 season, which was his senior year.

By pleading guilty Monday, Martinez avoided a trial set to start Aug. 26 on a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He began serving the jail sentence Monday and should be released in September.

"When he is released his dealings with the court will be over and he'll be a free man to go wherever he'd like and continue his career," Fleener said.

The restitution covers the medical costs to treat Nayigihugu's injuries, which included a broken jaw, he said.

Prosecutor Joshua Merseal said Nayigihugu didn't want Martinez to have a felony conviction on his record and wasn't available to testify during the trial because of work commitments.

Fleener said he always thought a misdemeanor battery charge against Martinez was more appropriate.

Nayigihugu still has a civil case pending against Martinez, but Fleener and Nayigihugu's attorney, Steven Aron, are negotiating a settlement.

The civil case seeks unspecified damages.

Aron said resolution to the criminal case affects the civil case only in that any medical damages sought in the civil case can't be awarded again.

Before the incident, Martinez was a starting guard for the Cowboys and was leading UW in scoring, averaging 14.5 points a game. The Cowboys were off to a 12-0 record to start the season at the time of his suspension. They ended up 20-14 overall and 4-12 in the Mountain West Conference.