LOGAN — A second Utah State football player has pleaded guilty for his involvement in a burglary case involving three others. Kevin Meiztenheimer’s deal means he’ll avoid jail but may be required to testify against his teammates, if their cases go to trial.
The 19-year-old defendant appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing and accepting a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness and obstructing justice, both class A misdemeanors. Under the plea and abeyance, he will pay a $750 fine and write letters of apology to the victims, while on probation.
Meiztenheimer spoke only briefly. He told the court he understood his rights and was guilty of the charges.
In April, police arrested two other USU players, Jaylan Brown and Troy Murray, after several video game consoles and games were stolen from a Logan apartment complex in December. The equipment was later traced to a pawn shop in Salt Lake City, where the two 19-year-old men had sold the items for cash.
Later that month, Meiztenheimer and Dayshawn Littleton were arrested, accused of trying to hit the witness with their car and threatening to return and shoot the victim. The two 19-year-old men were allegedly trying to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown. Officers also found an assault rifle in the car.
During Monday’s court appearance, Meiztenheimer’s defense attorney said her client has a clean history and never had any prior convictions. She explained that what happened was out of character for him.
Judge Thomas Willmore advised the defendant to stay out of trouble. He told him he has a bright future and shouldn’t be messing around with dishonest people.
Court records show in May, Murray pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and theft, a class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10.
Three of the four suspects are redshirt freshmen. Meiztenheimer and Murray are linebackers and Brown is a cornerback.
Littleton had committed to the Aggies in May 2016, but doesn’t appear on the roster. He is reportedly transferring to another school.
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