LSU football player must take anger management classes
Louisiana State University (LSU) tailback Jeremy Hill narrowly avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge on Friday, July 12, but was instead given court ordered anger management among other probationary orders.
Hill, a rising sophomore, had one of the best freshman seasons in school history for a tailback, posting 755 yards and a record 12 touchdowns last year. But USA Today reports that he may now miss some, if not all, of his upcoming 2013 season for an April 27 incident where he punched another man outside a bar near campus. Although the simple battery charge could have carried with it a six-month jail sentence, District Judge Mike Erwin reduced it to two years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service. LSU coach Les Miles suspended Hill indefinitely from the team on April 29.
This instance was the second time in 18 months that Hill pleaded guilty in a misdemeanor case. In January 2012, Hill was charged with oral sexual battery – a felony that carries jail time – for sex with a 14-year-old girl in December 2010, while attending Redemptorist High School. This charge was also downgraded, to a carnal knowledge misdemeanor, thereby avoiding prison for a one-year probation. Since Hill’s recent battery charge is a violation of his probation, he will have to return to court for a third time in August.
“[The judge] could add conditions to his probation or she could give him up to six months in jail,” Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said in a statement.
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