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Monday, December 22, 2008
Two freshmen will face misdemeanor charges in assault of hockey player

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. -- Two Michigan State football players will be charged for assaulting one of the school's hockey players in October.

The hockey player, A.J. Sturges, was briefly hospitalized with a head injury.

Freshman running back Glenn Winston will be charged with three counts of misdemeanor aggravated assault, and walk-on freshman defensive back Mitchell White will be charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, according to documents from district court in East Lansing.

They haven't been arraigned.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement Monday that "no member of the university community should experience this kind of injury."

"While I am displeased with the circumstances and actions that led to these charges, I respect the integrity and approach of our coaching staffs, East Lansing Police Department and prosecutor's office in their response to the situation," Hollis said. "Most importantly, my thoughts continue to be with A.J. Sturges, a respected student-athlete on our ice hockey team."

The three counts of aggravated assault could mean a maximum penalty of a year in jail for Winston. The assault and battery charge for White carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said the fight took place Oct. 19 at an East Lansing house where a party was being held, and that Sturges wasn't the only one hurt.

"There were serious injuries to two people who really weren't fighting," he said. "They were just kind of there."

University of Michigan police last month authorized assault and aggravated assault charges against Michigan football player Mike Milano in an Oct. 12 Ann Arbor incident involving Michigan hockey player Steve Kampfer of Jackson. Milano was suspended indefinitely.