Ex MSU football players receive probation, therapy, and community service

Published: Jun. 5, 2018 at 9:44 PM EDT
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The three former MSU football players who struck a plea deal in a sexual assault case have learned their fate.

Judge Aquilina gave equal sentencing for Donnie Corley, Demetric Vance, and Josh King, who were all present in the courtroom.

She granted the men HYTA, probation for 36 months, treatment for being sex offenders, and individual and group therapy, along with cognitive therapy. In addition, each one has to perform 100 hours of community service.

Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon agreed to let them be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) which will erase their records after they finish the probationary period.

They had all pleaded guilty to a charge of "seducing an unmarried woman". King also pleaded to surveillance of an unclothed person.

The prosecution read a victim impact statement for the accuser. Judge Aquilina responded by saying that the parents and the victim deserve praise.

Aquilina asked Demetric Vance, "do you think you did anything wrong?" and Vance answered, "No, your honor."

Prosecutors were the ones that recommended no jail time. All three had been facing criminal sexual assault charges for allegedly raping a woman during a party on the MSU campus in January 2017.

Karen Truszowski, the victim's lawyer told News 10 it was best for her client to agree to the plea deal in order to avoid going to trial.

"Having a survivor of sexual assault testify in court is very difficult and it does traumatize them all over again," Truszowski said.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina could have sentenced King, Corley and Vance each up to five years in prison.

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