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Former Gator Hornsby arrested in Mississippi



Jamar Hornsby, the former Florida safety who was dismissed from the team after he was arrested for using the credit of a UF student killed in a motorcycle accident, has been arrested in Mississippi and charged with assaulting a man with brass knuckles at a McDonald's drive-through.

Because he is on probation for the case in Florida, Hornsby could face jail time, state attorney Bill Cervone said.

Hornsby is currently attending East Mississippi Community College and has signed to play with Ole Miss next season.

Starkville police Det. Maurice Johnson told the Associated Press that Hornsby and East Mississippi teammates Darrell Simmons and Robert Jordan were arrested around 2:15 a.m. March 1 after an unidentified man rear-ended Hornby's vehicle as both waited for service.

Johnson said the drivers of each car spoke briefly. One of the three football players then took something from the victim, and Hornsby attacked the victim shortly after.

The victim, whose name is being withheld for his own protection, went to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Johnson said that the victim and Hornsby did not know each other, and that the attack was related to the accident. Hornsby, 22, is free after posting $15,500 bond and faces up to 20 years in prison on the aggravated assault charge. He also likely violated his probation by possessing brass knuckles, which are illegal. He faces up to four years in prison if he fails to complete probation.

Hornsby had 111 tackles and two interceptions this past season for EMCC and was named the MVP of the Mississippi junior college northern region.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:49pm]


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