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Charges reduced, door cracked for Holmes’ return to Hokies

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Suspended indefinitely since an off-field incident two months ago, a development involving Michael Holmes‘ legal situation has left open the possibility for a return to Virginia Tech.

The running back was initially charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding following the April incident.  Holmes’ current girlfriend was attacked by his former girlfriend as well as a female cousin, while Holmes’ male cousin joined the fray and suffered multiple injuries at the hands of the player.

Holmes had claimed self-defense, a tactic that the Commonwealth’s Attorney at least partially agreed with as the two simple assault charges were dropped and the malicious wounding, a felony, was reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery.  As part of the plea agreement, Holmes received a suspended 12-month jail sentence and probation as well as being ordered to pay more than $13,000 in restitution to one of the victims.

“Holmes was justified in coming to the defense of [his girlfriend],” Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt, who “relied heavily on testimony of an independent witness,” said in a statement. “However, he exceeded his right to come to her defense when he continued to hit [cousin Antoine] Barnes after he was no longer attacking anymore.”

While Holmes’ criminal charges have been resolved, he’s still not out of the legal woods as his female cousin, Kierra Barnes, has filed a $25,000 civil suit against the Hokie.  Holmes has claimed that he did not hit any of the females involved in the altercation.

That said, the fact that Holmes no longer has a felony hanging over his head means that a return to the Hokies football team is a realistic possibility. The final decision on a reinstatement will be made by athletic director Jim Weaver, who is on vacation until next Friday and unavailable for comment.  Head coach Frank Beamer is also on vacation.

After rushing for 280 yards as a freshman last season, Holmes is viewed as a player who would be expected to carry a more significant role in Tech’s running game this season.

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6 Responses to “Charges reduced, door cracked for Holmes’ return to Hokies”
  1. bigdinla says: Jun 13, 2013 11:31 PM

    Would be shocked if the Hokies bring him back. That is still a pretty serious offense.

  2. mauldawg says: Jun 14, 2013 6:55 AM

    The Chokies will take him back.They will take any starter back unless it is a murder charge,then Beamer would have to think about it.

  3. seanb20124 says: Jun 14, 2013 7:10 AM

    Why would he beat up his own cousin? And how does he expect or repay $12,000? in monthly installments $50?

  4. thegamecocker says: Jun 14, 2013 9:44 AM

    Oh yeah, this is a “QUALITY” individual if ever there was one! This guy represents EXACTLY the kind of punk that should not be in ANY college. Instead of calling the police, he decides to take matters in his own hands….I guess it’s the law of the jungle. Brilliant. Kick his ass out of VT.

  5. slobmykolb says: Jun 15, 2013 1:23 AM

    The gamecocker says;

    Oh yeah, this is a “QUALITY” individual if ever there was one! This guy represents EXACTLY the kind of punk that should not be in ANY college. Instead of calling the police, he decides to take matters in his own hands….I guess it’s the law of the jungle. Brilliant. Kick his ass out of VT.

    Ya because he should’ve just stood there and waited for police to arrive while his girlfriend was being attacked. Any real man is going to stand up and either kick a$$ or get his a$$ kicked for his girlfriend/spouse. I feel bad for your companion and hope to god she never gets attacked because you obviously have no backbone and will wait for police to show up and intervene or (and this is more likely) you will probably run.

    I’m not saying he didn’t go to far. Once he had his girl safely away from the real Aholes he should have stopped. Then again, not a single one of us were there and we don’t know if they actually kept coming after him and his girlfriend. Or, another possibility is that he’s a strong individual and only hit the cousin once and that’s all it took to break a bunch of little bones in his face. Don’t condemn someone because they protect a loved one! I know I would do all it took to protect my wife or child!

  6. thegamecocker says: Jun 15, 2013 10:07 AM

    @slobmykolb says:

    “Or, another possibility is that he’s a strong individual and only hit the cousin once”
    —————————————————————
    Article states:

    “However, he exceeded his right to come to her defense when he continued to hit [cousin Antoine] Barnes after he was no longer attacking anymore.”

    He could have walked or run away with his girlfriend EVEN after she was struck. He is now $13,000 in debt with another $25,000 pending. Thank you for concern over my Wife and Family. Notice I stated “my Wife”. One, I do not have a “former girlfriend” being married to close to 40 years. Two, the women I did date would never resort to fighting. Three, I guess your strategy to protect is to stand and fight. My goal is to minimize the physical damage and overcome the trauma of being physically attacked. That way I’m not liable for damages. But that’s me…we are all entitled to our approaches.

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