Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Joyless ride: Oregon State trio sentenced to community service
By ESPN.com staff
It's all fun and games until the golf cart flips.
The March joyride ended badly for one current and two former Oregon State Beavers as each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle on Tuesday and were sentenced to community service.
Said former quarterback Lyle Moevao, the apparent ringleader of the conspiracy to drive 15 mph, "it was the wrong kind of fun."
Moevao received 40 hours of community service and 12 months of bench probation. Former linebacker Keaton Kristick was sentenced to 25 hours community service and 10 months of bench probation, while defensive tackle Brennan Olander received 65 hours and 12 months of bench probation.
Neither Moevao nor Kristick, who recently signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, has a criminal record.
Olander received a tougher sentence because of prior convictions in 2006 for criminal mischief and 2009 for second-degree theft. A starter, he likely will face further penalty from coach Mike Riley. Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times noted that "Olander could be up for a 30 percent of the season suspension under OSU’s code of conduct, which is followed a lot more loosely than when it started."
Kirkpatrick also reported that Olander received "a 2008 citation for less than an ounce of marijuana, for which he had to complete a drug treatment program," though that didn't come up in court.
An Oregon State spokesperson said coach Riley wouldn't comment on any potential punishment this week.
Moevao was ordered to pay $750 in restitution, which will cover damages to the golf cart, with Kristick and Olander paying their share to him.
Paul Buker's story for The Oregonian includes quotes from all three participants in Grand Theft Golf Cart.