UConn guard Price pleads not guilty to larceny

VERNON, Conn. -- Connecticut point guard A.J. Price pleaded not guilty Tuesday to larceny charges stemming from the theft of laptop computers from an athletic dormitory.

Price, 19, and teammate Marcus Williams are accused of trying to sell four stolen laptops. Both have been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team.

Williams, a junior point guard, applied earlier this month for a special form of probation for first-time offenders. If he is accepted and successfully completes the program, his criminal record would be erased.

Price said nothing in court as his attorney, Michael Devlin, entered the not guilty plea on his behalf. He left the courthouse accompanied by his parents without talking to reporters.

Price has been charged with three counts of felony larceny and with lying to police, a misdemeanor. Williams, 19, faces four counts of third-degree larceny and up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Price is due back in court on Sept. 27. Williams is due back in court Sept. 13. The laptops, worth about $11,000, were stolen between June 9 and June 14.

Williams and Price had been expected to shore up the UConn backcourt, which has been hurt by off-court problems. Price missed the 2004-2005 season after a brain hemorrhage in October and has not yet been medically cleared for this coming year. Williams missed most of the 2003-2004 national championship season because
of academic problems.