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SDSU D-lineman pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault charge

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Connected to the beating of a fraternity member last September, San Diego State  defensive lineman Dontrell Onuoha pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Onuoha was originally hit with a pair of felony charges — assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury — related to the incident. However, he pleaded to the lesser charge as part of an  agreement with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. A preliminary hearing, which would have included a testimony from teammate Brandon Wright, was scheduled for next week.

As part of his punishment, Onuoha has been given three years summary probation, and will have to pay the victim’s out-of-pocket medical expenses as well as an $815 fine. Additinoally, he’ll have to complete 40 hours of volunteer service.

With his legal issue resolved, Onuoha is expected to rejoin the team.

(Hat tip: San Diego Union-Tribune) 

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