IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Prosecutors filed tougher charges Friday
against former Iowa basketball player Pierre Pierce in connection
with an alleged assault on his former girlfriend last month.
The new charges, which supersede six previous counts filed last
week, include two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of
assault with intent to commit sexual assault and one count of
fourth-degree criminal mischief.
Police say Pierce, 21, allegedly choked his former girlfriend at her town
house, threatened her with a knife and stripped her after an
argument over her new boyfriend. Pierce also is accused of causing
damage to her apartment and stealing a laptop and camera.
The amended charges mean Pierce now is charged with three
felonies, instead of one, and could face up to 56 years in jail if
convicted. Arraignment is set for March 4.
Pierce's attorney, Alfredo Parrish, said he could not comment on
the latest developments, but said Pierce will plead not guilty.
Iowa coach Steve Alford dismissed Pierce, who led the Hawkeyes
in scoring, from the team.