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OU football: Signee Justin Chaisson has agreed to plea deal

By Jake Trotter - Staff Writer Modified: April 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm •  Published: April 29, 2009
Oklahoma football signee Justin Chaisson, accused of holding a screwdriver to the neck of his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her, has agreed to a plea deal that would have his three felony charges reduced to gross misdemeanors, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Clark County Courts said Wednesday.

As part of the deal, Chaisson waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded no contest to a pair of misdemeanors, coercion and domestic battery, in justice court Wednesday morning, Clark County Courts information officer Michael Sommermeyer said.

As a result, a judge sentenced Chaisson to a year of domestic-violence counseling.

Chaisson’s case will now move to a May 6 hearing in district court, which handles gross misdemeanors and felonies.

There, if Chaisson pleads no contest to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and coercion, the felonies will be reduced to gross misdemeanors, pending a judge’s approval, Sommermeyer said. It’s unclear what sentence Chaisson would face, though gross misdemeanor convictions can carry jail time.

Chaisson’s charges stem from a March 17 incident in which he was arrested for allegedly attacking his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend by forcing her into his car and threatening to kill her with a screwdriver.

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