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Former Plant and current FSU RB James Wilder reinstated to team

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Wed. April 4, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

Former Plant and current FSU RB James Wilder reinstated to team

Former Plant star and Florida State rising sophomore RB James Wilder has been reinstated to the team, and his lawyer expects him to return to practice today.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Wilder pleaded no contest this morning to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence stemming from a Feb. 22 arrest. He had initially been charged with battery of an officer, firefighter or EMT and resisting an officer with violence, both felonies, and, per the Seminoles’ team policy, was suspended from the squad.

As part of his plea deal, Wilder received six months probation, a $225 fine, nine days in a work camp and an order to write an apology letter to the officer involved.

The voicemail box belonging to his lawyer, Tim Jansen, was full around 9 a.m. FSU began spring practice March 19 and will play its spring game April 14 inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

Wilder appeared in 12 games for FSU as a true freshman. He rushed for 160 yards and one touchdown on 35 attempts and caught two passes for 14 yards.

After transferring from Chamberlain to Plant before his junior year, Wilder led Plant to a Class 5A state title in 2010 and a state runnerup finish his senior year. After MaxPreps named him the top recruit before his senior year, he rushed for 1,597 yards and 22 touchdowns and also recorded 75 tackles and eight sacks.

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