Oregon State suspends Castro Masaniai

Updated: August 12, 2011, 3:53 PM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

Oregon State suspended starting defensive tackle Castro Masaniai for the season opener against Sacramento State after he pled guilty to misdemeanor attempted coercion in connection to a domestic violence arrest in May.

Masaniai was sentenced to 18 months of probation after a plea bargain included a reduction in charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. He was arrested for threatening his girlfriend at a McDonald's in downtown Corvallis on May 14. He will receive 177 days in jail if he does not comply with the terms of the probation.

He was originally booked on charges of second-degree kidnapping, coercion, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief, but the charges were reduced because Masaniai had started a domestic abuse program before the case was closed and because the victim was satisfied with the sentence, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Masaniai, a 6-foot-2, 334-pound junior, had four tackles last year before suffering a shoulder injury in the seventh game of the season, which forced him to miss spring practices.

Ted Miller covers the Pac-12 for ESPN.com.

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