UConn guard Price gets probation in laptop case

Updated: November 15, 2005, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

VERNON, Conn. -- Connecticut point guard A.J. Price was granted a special form of probation Tuesday for his role in the theft of laptop computers from dorm rooms.

UConn had already suspended the redshirt freshman from basketball for the 2005-06 season.

Under the accelerated rehabilitation program for first-time offenders, Price will have no criminal record if he successfully completes 18 months of probation and 400 hours of community service unrelated to basketball.

Price, 19, was charged with three counts of felony larceny and lying to police, a misdemeanor. He and teammate Marcus Williams are accused of trying to sell four stolen laptops last summer.

Price, joined in court by his parents and girlfriend, spoke quietly to Superior Court Judge Marcia Gleeson, telling her he was sorry.

In granting Price accelerated rehabilitation, Gleeson alluded to what she called a "life-altering event," a brain hemorrhage Price suffered a year ago that forced him to miss the 2004-05 season.

Price did not speak to reporters after his court appearance, but his mother, Inga, said family members are relieved the incident is over with.

"I'm pleased with the outcome because it's behind him," said Price's attorney, Michael Devlin.

Williams, 19, a junior point guard granted accelerated rehabilitation after being charged with four counts of third-degree larceny, will be allowed to return to the team in December.

Price is considered a first-time offender despite an arrest in May 2004 in his hometown of Massapequa, N.Y., on misdemeanor criminal trespass charges. Prosecutors in New York initially chose not to pursue the case and charges were dismissed. But they have since decided to reopen it.

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