Pierce still attending classes at Iowa

Updated: February 11, 2005, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The attorney for Pierre Pierce filed a motion Friday seeking the dismissal of a burglary charge against the former Iowa basketball player.

Pierce, 21, was arraigned this week on charges of burglary, domestic abuse assault, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, false imprisonment and criminal mischief.

The charges stem from a Jan. 27 incident at a woman's home in West Des Moines. Pierce has said the woman was his girlfriend.

The most serious charge is first-degree burglary, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to 25 years upon conviction.

Pierce's attorney, Alfredo Parrish, filed a motion Friday seeking dismissal of the charge, arguing that it lacks aggravating circumstances required under Iowa law.

Pierce spent about three hours in jail after his court appearance Thursday, but was released on his own recognizance.

He was dismissed from the basketball team last week, but he remains on scholarship and his attorney said he was attending classes.

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