MSU's Khary Crump sentenced to 12 months probation for UM tunnel brawl
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (FOX 2) - Khary Crump, the Michigan State Football player charged with assault after a fight broke out between them and the University of Michigan, was given a 12-month sentence to probation for his involvement.
Crump, who was the only player to be charged with a felony, pleaded down to a misdemeanor late last year. A judge said if he completes the requirements of his sentence, under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act he can have the charges wiped from his record.
Notably, the judge said Crump could return to football.
"That was all I could really hear, I was crying in my heart," Crump told reporters after hearing from the judge. "It felt beautiful.
"I'm just looking forward to finishing my term and getting back on the field."
Crump was among seven different Spartans to be charged for the brawl, which happened after Michigan beat Michigan State 29-7 in Ann Arbor. Crump, who could be seen on video using his helmet to strike an opposing player, said he was "not proud of that."
"I just want to get past probation, put this behind me and get back to the initial plan."
Of the six other players that were charged, Angelo Grose, Itayvion Brown, Brandon Wright, and Justin White entered a program that could lead to their cases being dismissed. The other two players involved, Jacoby Windmon and Zion Young, are scheduled to appear on Feb. 6.
Spartan Head Coach Mel Tucker reinstated the six players. He has not said if he will reinstate Crump, who has been suspended for eight games next season. He's still enrolled at Michigan State.
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"This case started as a felonious assault and then you plead to assault and battery adan disorderly person jostling," said Judge Miriam Perry, who told Crump the most important thing for him to do was to "focus on yourself."
"Many people fall down, but not with the cameras glaring at them," she said. "You've had to reevaluate everything. right now, looking at the circumstances….you have to fucus on the things you can do."