Larson accepts deferred prosecution
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
Florida forward Cody Larson has accepted a deferred prosecution agreement on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespass, State Attorney's spokesperson Shannon Peters confirmed Tuesday.
Under terms of the plea deal, Larson will perform 200 hours of community service and cannot consume alcohol or controlled substances for one year. Larson also has taken part in a substance abuse evaluation program, paid $240 in restitution to the victims, wrote a meaningful letter of apology to the victims and paid $200 in court costs. In addition, Larson will undergo continued counseling with the Florida division of student affairs counseling and wellness center.
Larson and teammate Erik Murphy were arrested last April for allegedly trying to break into a car outside a St. Augustine bar. Murphy reached a plea deal with prosecutors in July.
Larson and Murphy were suspended from the program indefinitely following the arrest. Murphy was reinstated to the team last week. Florida coach Billy Donovan did not comment on Larson's status on Tuesday. Larson is listed on the 2011-12 roster on UF's sports website.
Minnehaha (S.D) State Attorney Aaron McGowan said "it's a possibility" that Larson will face jail time in Sioux Falls, S.D., if it is determined he violated of terms of his probation. Larson received a 120-day suspended jail sentence as part of a plea deal on a misdemeanor drug charge in 2010 for sharing prescription medication with a high school teammate.
"We will wait until we receive the official documentation from Florida," McGowan said. "Once we have that, we'll make a decision on whether to file a motion to revoke his suspended sentence. Then it's up to the judge's discretion, whether the court is reasonably satisfied that he violated the terms of the agreement."
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Larson redshirted last season, appearing in just one exhibition game due to the depth of UF's frontline. If reinstated, Larson will add some needed bulk to a frontline that lost seniors Alex Tyus, Chandler Parsons and Vernon Macklin to graduation last season.
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