Nearly five months to the day after getting arrested for alleged home invasion, Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell has all but officially put his legal issue behind him.
Journell’s attorney, Jimmy Turk, confirmed to Newport Daily Press that the kicker was planning on pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor trespassing Monday. Originally, Journell, along with the two other individuals who are not on the VT football team, was charged with breaking an entering, a class 2 felony due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon.
Since Journell’s charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, he could be reinstated to the team. However, that apparently has not been decided yet. In the meantime, Journell has been given 12 months probation and 100 hours of community service.
Below Turk’s statement to the Daily Press:
“I certainly would hope (Journell will be reinstated to team), and I think so. That’s going to be (Tech football coach Frank Beamer and athletic director Jim Weaver‘s) call. I mean, based on what I’ve dealt with in past, I would certainly think (Journell) will be back in a position where he’ll be reinstated in the program.
“That’s certainly something we anticipate. He’s been enrolled in school the entire time, and he’s been through the punishment through the university’s judicial affairs office. They didn’t kick him out. They didn’t suspend him (from school). He’s certainly faced their scrutiny, as well as the court’s. I think he’s just very happy to get all this behind him and kind of pick up where he left off and hopefully be back on the football team and kicking again in the fall.”