Suspended players likely won't face jail time

Updated: July 19, 2004, 3:31 PM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Two suspended Tulsa football players, including the team's leading tackler, pleaded guilty Monday to felony burglary charges under a deal they hope will spare them prison.

Defensive back Kedrick Alexander and reserve Terrance Thomas admitted in Tulsa County District Court they broke into a track athlete's dorm room and stole property.

Under a plea bargain, prosecutors will recommend two-year sentences -- either suspended, under probation or in custody -- $500 fines plus restitution and 80 hours of community service for each player.

A judge will decide Aug. 30 how they will be sentenced. Second-degree burglary is punishable by two to seven years in prison.

Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe suspended both players indefinitely after their arrests May 3. Spokesman Don Tomkalski said the players' status had not changed.

Neither player would comment after appearing in court.

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