Misdemeanor criminal mischief charges have been filed against 13 University of Louisiana at Lafayette football players accused of entering a dorm room in April and taking about $2,400 worth of items.
The player were initially booked with criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft. The conspiracy count would have been a felony.
The players will enter a pre-trial diversion program which allows the misdemeanor charge to be erased from their records if they don't get into more trouble with the law while enrolled in the program, according to the charges filed by District Attorney Keith Stutes.
"We are relieved that this issue is nearing closure," said Mark Hudspeth, head football coach in a statement. "These young men have learned and will continue to learn from this tremendous life lesson.
"We will continue to be respectful of the legal process as it runs its course."
University police reported in April that surveillance video shows the 13 players going to a room on the fourth floor of the Huger Hall dormitory and stealing the items.
They have been suspended indefinitely from the football team. Sports Information Director Matt Sullivan said he expects the players will be reinstated to the team and be allowed to participate in summer workouts.
The players are Matthew Barnes, Joe Dillon, Robert Hunt, Denarius Howard, Jarvis Jeffries, LaDarrius Kidd, Terik Miller, Damar’ren Mitchell, Trey Ragas, Simeon Thomas, Levarious Varnado, D’Aquin Withrow and Jordan Wright.