UConn's Price seeks accelerated rehabilitation

Updated: October 27, 2005, 8:13 AM ET
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Connecticut point guard A.J. Price applied for accelerated rehabilitation Tuesday, a story on the Hartford Courant's Web site reported, in a deal that could see his record cleared if it is granted.

Price is seeking the same outcome as teammate Marcus Williams, who was given 18 months probation and 400 hours of community service last month for his role in the theft of four computers from a campus dormitory. Williams was granted his application for accelerated rehabilitation, a program offered for first-time offenders.

Price and Williams, both 19, were accused of trying to sell four stolen laptops. Both have been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team.

Price has been charged with three counts of felony larceny and with lying to police, a misdemeanor. Williams faced four counts of third-degree larceny and up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Price is due back in court on Nov. 15, when a judge is expected to rule on his application, the Courant reported.

Arrest warrant affidavits suggest that a friend of Williams' who does not attend the university stole the computers, worth about $11,000 from dorm rooms belonging to incoming freshmen on the women's basketball team and a member of last year's women's track and field team. The thefts occurred between June 9 and June 14.

Williams and Price had been expected to shore up the UConn backcourt, which has been hurt by off-court problems. Price missed the 2004-2005 season after a brain hemorrhage in October and has not yet been medically cleared for this coming year. Williams missed most of the 2003-2004 national championship season because of academic problems.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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