LOGAN — Another former Utah State football player has pleaded guilty for his role in a video game theft with other players. Dayshawn Littleton told the court he was just trying to help a friend, when he was arrested in April.
Littleton accepted a plea agreement in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness and obstructing justice, both class A misdemeanors. The plea will be held in suspension for one year, pending the 20-year-old’s successful completion of probation.
Police arrested Jaylan Brown and Troy Murray in April, 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.
Littleton, Kevin Meiztenheimer and Ja’Marcus Ingram were arrested later, accused of trying to hit the witnesses with their car and threatening to return and shoot the victim. The three 19-year-olds were allegedly trying to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown.
During Monday’s court appearance, Littleton said has lost his scholarship at USU since being arrested. He hopes to play at San Diego State University, after a year in junior college.
In addition to probation, Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Littleton to pay a $750 fine and write a letter of apology to the victims. He said, helping a friend wasn’t worth messing up his future.
On July 10, Murray was sentenced to 12-days in jail after pleading guilty in May to an amended charge of criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and theft, a class B misdemeanor. Judge Willmore also ordered him to pay $272 to the victim and have no contact with Brown.
In June, Meiztenheimer accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to tampering with a witness and obstructing justice, both class A misdemeanors. Under the plea and abeyance, he also agreed to pay a $750 fine and write letters of apology to the victims, while on probation.
Ingram will appear August 22 and Brown on September 19, when they will both decide whether to have preliminary hearings held or not.
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