Randle El receives probation

Wisconsin wide receiver pled no contest to battery charge Monday

Marcus Randle El, a junior wide receiver on the University of Wisconsin football team, pled no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge Monday afternoon in Dane County Circuit Court and received 18 months probation, according to several published reports.

The battery charge stemmed from a Dec. 16 incident at the Regent Apartments in which Randle El, 19, was accused of hitting former Badger football player Nick Sutton several times after the two argued over money.

That was Randle El's second criminal offense in nine months. In June he pled guilty to a disorderly conduct charge that stemmed from a March 2005 altercation with his then girlfriend. His June plea agreement placed him in the state's first offenders program, but his December arrest was a violation of that agreement. Monday's sentencing was for both the disorderly conduct charge and the more recent battery charge.

In addition to a year-and-a-half probation, judge Steven Ebert ordered Randle El to attend anger management classes. If Randle El violates the terms of his probation, he could spend up to six months in jail.

The incident a year ago led Randle El to be suspended from the football team for half of the spring practice season. He was suspended for about 10 days in December.

Davis in first offenders program

Cornerback Jameson Davis, 19, received a six-month term in the state's first offenders program on March 30 on misdemeanor charges of being party to the crime of marijuana possession and resisting or obstructing an officer. If Davis successfully completes the terms of the first-offenders-program contract, the charges will be dropped.

Davis and cornerback Antonio Freeman, 20, were arrested Jan. 18, when the car Davis was driving was pulled over by a state trooper in Jefferson County, after being clocked at 101 miles per hour. The state trooper discovered marijuana in the vehicle.

Davis pled no contest to a citation for speeding in excess of 35 miles per hour above the posted limit, paid a $501 fine and had his license suspended for 15 days.

The Hamden, Conn., native was initially suspended indefinitely for violating UW's student-athlete discipline policy, but was reinstated on appeal.

Freeman, who remains on indefinite suspension, still faces a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession.

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