User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
LSU's Hill pleads guilty to misdemeanor

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU running back Jeremy Hill remained out of jail after the Tigers' top rusher from last season pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with a late-April fight outside a bar.

Advertisement
His legal problems are not over, though, and his college football future remains in doubt.

Hill, who was already on probation at the time of his most recent arrest, entered his latest plea in state district court in Baton Rouge and received a six-month suspended sentence and two years of probation. Afterward, District Attorney Hillar Moore said he would file a motion to revoke Hill's earlier probation, which he received following his January 2012 guilty plea to a misdemeanor stemming from his sexual relationship with a then-14-year-old girl at his high school.

Moore said it will be up to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson, who handled Hill's earlier case, to decide whether the running back should serve his first suspended six-month sentence, or remain on probation under conditions the judge sees fit and possibly return to the Tigers.

A hearing would likely be set for August, Moore said. Coach Les Miles, who suspended Hill after the bar fight, was not immediately available for comment.

Hill's attorney, Marci Blaize, said the goal of Friday's hearing was to allow Hill to remain enrolled at LSU, ``and we achieved that.'' She also sounded hopeful that Jackson would see Hill has accepted responsibility for his actions and agree to keep him on probation.

``I've represented people who are on felony probation who have committed some violation of their probation and have not had to go to jail,'' Blaize said. ``This could have possibly been resolved a little easier and a little timelier if we weren't dealing with somebody who wasn't in the national spotlight. ... Ordinarily, it's not this difficult to resolve a misdemeanor case without the lingering threat of jail time.''

Hill was arrested after a witness provided authorities with a mobile phone video showing Hill punching a man in the side of the head before a co-defendant, Robert Bayardo, threw another punch that knocked the man out. Moore entered the video into the public record, saying he did so because he thought it was important for the judge to weigh the question of whether Hill was in a fight or simply blindsided a victim who was not a threat.

``That video, to me, is tell-tale,'' Moore said. ``It's what you do when people are not looking, and in this case, these two individuals didn't think anyone was looking, but a camera was and I think that's something that's important for everyone to consider. ... When you take a look at the video and see how it occurred, it is serious in a lot of regards.''

Blaize, however, asserted, ``This was a bar fight. The 15 or 20 seconds of video where you can see Jeremy on it is certainly not indicative of the whole evening.''

Hill's arraignment in connection with the bar fight was heard by state District Judge Michael Erwin, who, at the victim's request, ordered Hill not to comment publicly about the case. When asked by Erwin if he understood the plea Blaize entered on his behalf, Hill said he did, and added, ``I apologize.''

Prosecutors said the victim, an LSU student, did not ask for jail time. He requested only that Hill and Bayardo share his $750 in medical expenses, not have any contact with him or his family and not comment publicly about the incident on social media or in any forum.

``He had some compassion, obviously,'' Moore said of the victim. ``He didn't want to stand in the way of (Hill's) future.''

The judge accepted those terms, handing Hill his latest suspended sentence and two years of probation, which now overlaps with his previous suspended sentence and initial two years of probation that expires in January. Bayardo, who said he did not know Hill, is not an LSU student and had no prior criminal record, received one-year of probation.

Holding his thumb and forefinger close together, the judge told Hill he was ``this close'' to ruining a promising football career. The judge reminded Hill of the fate of Cecil Collins, who he called one of the ``greatest'' and ``dumbest'' LSU running backs of all time. Collins played in the NFL for Miami, but his once-promising career was ruined by trouble with the law and more than 13 years of prison time.

In May, Jackson placed more restrictive conditions on Hills' initial probation, including a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew and a ban from bars. Erwin said those conditions will remain but that he will give Hill the flexibility to stay out later than 9 p.m. when his football schedule demands it, should he be reinstated.

The judge also ordered Hill to undergo anger management counseling and perform 50 hours of community service.

Hill rushed for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, his freshman season. Hill got increased playing time after season-opening starter Alfred Blue went out with a season-ending knee injury in LSU's third game.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: College Playoff Props
Marshall leads Auburn 1st team to rout
Alabama defense dominates spring
Zanders highlights Missouri scrimmage
Obama presents Navy with trophy, again
Strong makes Texas debut with scrimmage
Byerly, Laskey lead White to spring win
Pelini: AD's agenda led to firing at FAU
Kansas makes Cozart starting QB
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1921
Joe Nelson + 1446
Bruce Marshall + 1350
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 200
The SportsBoss + 200
Michael Black + 100
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 60 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Joe Williams 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1312
Brian Edwards + 580
James Manos + 443
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1283
Jimmy Boyd + 966
James Manos + 756
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1100
Doc's Sports + 1090
Joe Nelson + 940
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!