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Felony charge against Nebraska’s Josh Banderas dismissed

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Nearly a week after being arrest on a very serious charge, a member of the Nebraska football team is close to, once again, having a clean legal state.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, a felony theft charge against linebacker Josh Banderas has been dismissed. Banderas, who had no prior criminal record, was accepted into a pretrial diversion program, meaning he will have a clean record if he successfully completes the program.

The paper made sure to note that entry into the program is not an admission of guilt. Banderas’ attorney did the same.

“He hasn’t been convicted of anything,” said Banderas’ lawyer, Terry Daugherty.

Banderas and other man were arrested and charged in connection to the on-campus theft of seven bicycles. Banderas told police that he and the other man, a Cornhusker track athlete, intended to sell the bikes on the Internet.

NU officials have yet to detail what if any punishment the player may be facing.

Banderas was a four-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Nebraska.  As a true freshman, he was credited with 28 tackles as he played in all 13 games.  Four of those games, Banderas started.

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3 Responses to “Felony charge against Nebraska’s Josh Banderas dismissed”
  1. woebegong says: May 20, 2014 12:59 PM

    Seems like some strange laws or practice going on here. The guy admits to police that he and another athlete were stealing the bikes to sell them on the internet, but as part of this program, he has not been found guilty. If he weren’t guilty, why would he be eligible for this program and why would he tell the police he stole the bikes to sell them?
    Something stinks and I don’t think it is the beef cattle leaving a pile there.

  2. duklover says: May 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    This will light up all the Husker haters. Pelini will be chewing two packs of gum!

  3. huskywolverine says: May 20, 2014 8:28 PM

    The charges actually haven’t been dismissed. The diversion program puts a stay on further criminal proceedings, and IF you stay out of trouble and complete the program, then the charges are dismissed.

    Details details….

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