GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- University of Miami football recruit
Willie Williams pleaded no contest to charges that he hugged a
woman without her permission and set off hotel fire extinguishers
while on a recruiting trip at the University of Florida.
Williams pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor battery in the
hugging case and was placed on probation for a year, State Attorney
Bill Cervone said.
Williams received a year of probation and was ordered to pay
damages to the hotel in the fire extinguisher case. Cervone said
the linebacker has already paid about $1,500.
The probation periods will run concurrently.
Adjudication was withheld in both cases, meaning Williams will
not have a felony conviction on his record if he meets the terms of
his probation, Cervone said.
Williams also agreed to pay $1,300 in damages to a man with
whom he fought in a nightclub on the Gainesville visit, although
the charge in that case was dropped, Cervone said. The man went to
an emergency room and incurred medical expenses, Cervone said.
When Williams took the Jan. 30 recruiting trip, he was nearing
the end of an 18-month probation, part of a sentence for July 2002
felony burglary charges to which he had pleaded no contest.
Currently under house arrest, Williams is scheduled for a
probation violation status conference with Broward County Circuit
Court Judge Michael G. Kaplan on June 30, potentially resolving one
of the last major roadblocks to becoming a Hurricane this fall.
Kaplan, who allowed Williams to attend his Miami Carol City High
graduation and his prom, could sentence Williams to up to five
years in prison, or allow him to go free.
Miami's top recruit has not been allowed to enroll, pending the
outcome of his legal situation.