Three Former Michigan State Football Players Avoid Jail in Sexual Assault Case
June 6, 2018
|Defense attorney Mary Chartier, second from left, speaks on behalf of her client Demetric Vance, left, Donnie Corley, third from left, and Josh King, second from right, during their sentencing hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court on June 6, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith / AP)|
Three former Michigan State football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman have avoided jail time after pleading guilty.
Former Hinsdale South star Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance were sentenced Wednesday to three yearsí probation, sex offender treatment and therapy. They pleaded guilty in April to seducing an unmarried woman, a reduced charge.
They could have been imprisoned for up to five years. Prosecutors recommended no jail time.
A woman says she was assaulted in an apartment bathroom last year. King, Corley and Vance were kicked off the team when charges were filed in June 2017 and later dismissed from school. All three were freshmen in 2016-17.
Karen Truszowski, the victimís attorney, told WILX-TV it was best for her client to agree to the plea agreement to avoid a trial.
King, a defensive end, was the top-ranked football recruit in Illinois in 2016 and a two-time state champion in wrestling. He started two games for Michigan State as a freshman in 2016.
Corley, a wide receiver, was the Spartansí No. 2 receiver that season, while Vance, a defensive back, redshirted.