Monday, March 22, 2010
Winston gets jail; White gets probation
By Adam Rittenberg ESPN.com
Former Michigan State running back Glenn Winston was sentenced to six months in jail and one year of probation Monday for his role in a November fight at a campus residence hall.
Winston pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor assault and battery and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit assault and battery. He also pleaded guilty to violating his parole, as he served four months in jail last year for another assault conviction.
The sentence handed down Monday will allow Winston to be released to attend school.
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Current Michigan State wide receiver Myles White was sentenced Monday to 18 months probation and 150 hours of community service for his involvement in the Nov. 22 incident at Rather Hall. White pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor assault, while a charge of conspiracy was dropped against him.
Eleven current or former Michigan State players have pleaded guilty to assault in the incident, which took place following a fraternity potluck function. Winston and former Spartans safety Roderick Jenrette, the two players reportedly at the center of the fight, were dismissed from the team Nov. 24.
Jenrette was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail, while current Spartans wide receiver Fred Smith will serve a five-day jail term. The other former or current players received probation and community service. Nose tackle Oren Wilson will be the final player to be sentenced on March 31.
Winston appeared in six games last fall for Michigan State and worked his way into a key role before sustaining a season-ending knee injury Oct. 10 against Illinois.
In April, he was sentenced to six months in jail for his role in an off-campus assault that left Michigan State hockey player A.J. Sturges seriously injured. Michigan State reinstated Winston in August, the same day he was released from jail after serving a reduced sentence.
White told The State News that he will transfer from Michigan State but doesn't know his new destination.
The Spartans open spring practice Tuesday. Michigan State spokesman John Lewandowski released a statement earlier this month that head coach Mark Dantonio won't reevaluate the players' status until all the legal cases are resolved.
Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.