WKU Football | Players plead guilty to lesser charges in frat house case

08/07/2017 12:08 PM

Four Western Kentucky football players pleaded guilty to lesser charges on Monday for their role in a fight that occurred at a Bowling Green fraternity house.

Quinton Baker, Tyler Obee, Cecil Stallings and Xavier Lane have pleaded guilty to second-degree wanton endangerment for their role in the beating of a WKU student at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house in March 2017. That charge is less severe than the original charge of first-degree wanton endangerment, a felony, which carries one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. The players also pleaded guilty to assault under emotional distress. A trespassing charge was dropped.

Under the plea, the players were each sentenced to 30 hours of community service, 12 months probated for two years and together must pay $7,800 in restitution for medical expenses.

Brian Lowder, the attorney for Baker, Obee, Stallings and Lane, had the following response to the developments:

My clients and I were pleased with the resolution reached. As I have stated previously, there were no felony crimes committed and the plea agreement reflected that. The agreement also recognized that the incident was provoked by the attack on Mr. Obee the previous evening and the racial slurs directed towards him. Additionally, my clients will have the opportunity to obtain a dismissal and expungement of the charges upon their graduation so that this unfortunate situation will not follow them into the next phase of their lives.

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