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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Frank Clark pleads guilty

By Michael Rothstein
WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan sophomore defensive end Frank Clark pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of second-degree home invasion.

Clark admitted to entering a Stockwell Hall dormitory on June 14 -- coincidentally, his 19th birthday -- and taking a Macbook Air laptop before returning to his own room. He said he did not have permission to enter the room or take the laptop.

Clark pleaded guilty under the provisions of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA), which is designed to give "an opportunity for people under 21 with no prior convictions that it is their first and last contact with the law," as stated by Judge Donald E. Shelton.

Clark is due to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Shelton indicated he would recommend sentencing under the HYTA. If Clark violates his probation, he would be brought back to court and sentenced without the HYTA provisions. The maximum sentence for this charge is 15 years in prison. If Clark completes his probation, his record would be expunged.

Clark was suspended for the first week of Michigan's practice this fall and for the season-opening 41-14 loss to Alabama. He was reinstated for last weekend's win against Air Force and recorded four tackles.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke defended his decision to reinstate Clark with the legal decision still pending, saying that the lineman has "paid a lot of consequences internally."

A Michigan spokesman said in an email that Hoke will address Clark's status with the team during his regularly scheduled meeting with the media Wednesday.