Six Mississippi State players avoid jail time

Updated: April 27, 2006, 9:39 PM ET
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Six Mississippi State football players accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges.

Cornerback Derek Pegues, safety Keith Fitzhugh, offensive tackle Michael Gates, quarterback Tray Rutland and defensive ends Charles Burnes and Quinton Wesley -- all freshmen -- were each fined $500 and received six-month suspended sentences for misdemeanor simple assault.

"We are extremely pleased with the outcome," said attorney Jay Perry, ...

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