Pleas in Murfreesboro Video Strangulation Case

Feb 11, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (SIDELINES/WMOT)  --  Verdicts have been handed down in a case that involves four MTSU students and the videotaped strangulation of a 19 year-old woman.

Reporter Quint Qualls with WMOT media partner Sidelines says three former MTSU football players and one student pleaded no contest on Friday to charges of aggravated assault in connection with the May, 2013 incident.

Former Blue Raiders defensive tackle James D. Jones faces up to 90 days in jail and six years of probation. He’ll be sentenced in mid-May.

Video shot by Jones’ teammates during the incident shows him with his hands around the neck of a female MTSU student.

Former cornerback Rodney O’Neal’s case was diverted for one year. Former defensive tackle Marcus Robinson and student Molly Roos’s cases were both retired for one year at the request of the victim.

The three football players were suspended from the Raiders team last spring following their arrests.

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