A Michigan State football player who was facing a felony charge for hitting an opposing player with his helmet during a brawl inside a stadium tunnel last season pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, his attorney said.
In a deal with prosecutors, the player, Khari Crump, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and battery and one count of disorderly conduct in connection with a brawl on October 29 after the University of Michigan defeated its opponent happened. Michigan State, 29-7, according to their attorney Mike Nichols.
The aggravated assault charge Mr. Crump originally faced was dropped by prosecutors, and once he completes a program, his criminal record will be expunged. Holmes Youth Apprentices Actwhich gives people between the ages of 18 and 25 a clean record if they successfully complete probation, Mr Nicholls said.
Mr Crump is due to be sentenced on 31 January. The assault and battery charges carry a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail. Mr Nicholls said he did not expect his client to be jailed any time soon.
According to The Associated PressWashtenaw County District Court Judge Cedric Simpson appeared pleased with the deal, and quipped about the role his alma mater, the University of Maryland, had played.
“It was handled in great fashion, but it could only have been done by the Maryland Terrapins,” he said, referring to the nickname for the university’s athletic teams.
The plea deal with the Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office, which did not immediately respond to an email Thursday seeking comment, comes nearly two months after video Mr. Crump and six other players are shown scuffling with a Michigan player, Ja’Den McBurgess.
The video shows Mr. Crump swinging his helmet at Mr. McBurrough inside the tunnel at Michigan Stadium, and it appears that Mr. Crump’s teammates have also killed the defensive back as the University of Michigan fight song plays in the background. Was going and there was a crowd of employees and officers. in.
Six other Michigan State players were charged with misconduct in connection with the episode.
Mr. Crump’s actions sparked outrage among football fans. Some, Mr. Nichols said, sent direct messages to Mr. Crump on social media and expressed their negative opinions of him. Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the Michigan Wolverines news conference What happened inside the tunnel in October was “serious”.
“Watching the video is sick,” he said, adding that there needs to be accountability.
The University of Michigan did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday night.
Mr. Crump was suspended from the team by their head coach, Mel Tucker. He will also miss the first eight games of next season, according to Mr Nicholls, who said his client regretted his actions.
“It was really, really tough, and I’m very proud of her for fighting through,” Mr Nicholls said.
In December, Mr. Crump wrote Mr. McBarge a letter apologizing for his actions, Mr. Nichols said.
They said that after what happened inside the tunnel that night, Mr. Crump continued to work on his class work and his conditioning.
“He’s still enrolled, he’s still got a scholarship, and he’s still technically on the team, even though he’s suspended,” Mr. Nichols said. He added that “when the suspension is finally over, he can do what he loves to do.”
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