University suspends all five players indefinitely

Updated: May 9, 2005, 2:48 PM ET
Associated Press

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Five Connecticut football players were charged in a case in which the window of a vehicle was shot out by a pellet gun as two cars passed in a parking lot.

The players were suspended from the team Monday, coach Randy Edsall said.

They were arrested Sunday following a complaint at a convenience store, police said. All are to appear in court May 23.

The driver's side window of one car was shot, although it was not immediately clear which car was hit. The suspects fled in a sport utility vehicle and were located a few minutes later, police added.

Tyvon Branch, Daniel Davis, Daniel Lansanah and Marvin Taylor were charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and released after posting $750 bond.

Donta Moore was charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm. He was released after posting $1,000 bail.

Branch is a sophomore safety, Davis is a sophomore defensive end, Lansanah is a sophomore linebacker, Moore is a junior safety and Taylor is a sophomore safety.

The five will not be permitted to participate in team-related activities but will remain in school, Edsall said in a statement.


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