LaMichael James pleads guilty to misdemeanor harassment, Jeremiah Masoli pleads guilty to misdemeanor second degree burglary

[UPDATE] Chip Kelly will be announcing the status of James, Masoli, and Rob Beard at 2:55pm PST. This should be available for streaming at goducks.tv.

LaMichael James plead guilt to misdemeanor harassment this morning, and was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 10 days in prison. However, James has already been released from jail due to overcrowding, and will be electronically monitored during the remainder of his sentence.

For full information on the case, Jack Moran of the Register Guard has a good deal of info. However, the details of the case are available through this sentencing memo, which includes all the details of the argument that took place between James and his ex-girlfriend.

Unfortunately, this sounds like a classic situation that grew out of control quickly. It is clear that James was upfront with the mistakes that he made, working with the law enforcement. He wrote a letter to the victim apologizing for his actions.

At this point, it looks like James and his ex-girlfriend will be able to get on with their lives. James should be able to return to class shortly, and will need to make up a lot of ground academically to retain his NCAA eligibility. At this point, we don't know exactly what punishment Coach Kelly will hand down, if any, though it is assumed that James will stay on the team.

Jeremiah Masoli was also in court, and plead guilt to misdemeanor second degree burglary. The plea bargain kept the conviction as a misdemeanor, and Masoli will face 12 months probation and 140 hours of community service, and will need to pay over $5,000 in restitution within 10 days.

Unfortunately, Masoli's outlook as part of the Oregon football team is much more unclear. If he lied previously to Coach Kelly regarding these events (and this KOIN6 report claims just that), you can be sure that he will feel the full repercussions.

At this point, we are waiting word from Coach Kelly, who will be speaking at 3pm PST, and announcing the status of James, Masoli, and kicker Rob Beard, who recently plead guilty to harassment. We'll be updating this thread, so keep it to ATQ for the latest news.

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