Charges dropped against two; others seek probation

Updated: May 23, 2005, 4:04 PM ET
Associated Press

DANIELSON, Conn. -- A Superior Court judge dismissed charges Monday against Connecticut football players Daniel Davis and Daniel Lansanah, who were arrested earlier this month after a shot was fired from a pellet-gun into a car at a convenience store parking lot.

Tyvon Branch, Marvin Taylor and Donta Moore also were arrested and applied for a special form of probation that would allow them to eventually wipe the charges from their records. Judge Michael R. Dannehy is expected to rule on their applications June 6.

The five were arrested May 8 after a shot fired from inside a sport utility vehicle shattered the driver's side window of a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old Willimantic woman, police said.

In court Monday, prosecutors dropped gun possession charges against Davis and Lansanah. Assistant State's Attorney Mark Stabile said the two were apparently just passengers in the car and had no involvement in the shooting.

All five players faced charges of possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

Moore is also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault, and the unlawful discharge of a firearm.

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.

Coach Randy Edsall suspended all five indefinitely from the team, but announced Monday that he reinstated Davis and Lansanah.

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