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Attorney: Charge dropped against USF's Crater



A misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana against USF point guard Anthony Crater has been dropped, his attorney, Dylan Snyder, said Tuesday.

We reported in early May that Snyder had filed a motion seeking for the charge to be dropped, arguing that there wasn't substantial evidence to prove possession, even though Crater had admitted that he had smoked the marijuana police found under the passenger seat in which he was sitting when teammate Mike Mercer was pulled over in January.

Crater, who transferred to USF in December from Ohio State, will be eligible to play for the Bulls in mid-December, after fall classes have been completed.

Mercer, facing the same misdemeanor charge, has entered into a pre-trial agreement that will allow the charge to be dropped if he completes probation, community service and pays court costs. Mercer was dismissed from the team after the arrest, his second in four months, but USF coach Stan Heath has said he would consider allowing Mercer back on the team if he graduates this summer and fulfills the legal obligations to have the charge dropped.

-- Prosecutors have dropped a charge against Jamie DeGerome, USF's video coordinator for football, who had faced a misdemeanor battery charge from an incident in February in which he was accused of hitting a USF student in the mouth with his wrist after grabbing the student's shirt. DeGerome, who had entered a plea of not guilty, was to appear in court Thursday, but charges were dropped Tuesday. 

-- Two months after tight end Trent Pupello was arrested on felony charges related to an alleged pistol-whipping in Channelside, the case remains in pending investigation and the state attorney's office has yet to determine what charges will be formally brought against Pupello.

Pupello, who was arrested in April, has not been part of USF's football team since December and was taking a year off from football as he recovers from neck injuries suffered in an accident. Pupello had remained on USF's online roster, though he was removed after the arrest.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:40pm]


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