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Probation terminated six months early for ex-Hurricane

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former University of Miami
linebacker Willie Williams was rewarded for good behavior and had
his probation terminated Friday, six months early, his attorney
said.

Williams had been serving 36 months' probation after pleading no
contest to a felony and a misdemeanor charge stemming from a
recruiting visit to the University of Florida, his attorney Paul
Lazarus said.

He faced a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly hugging a
woman without consent and a felony charge of setting off fire
extinguishers at his hotel. His probation was scheduled to end in
February.

"He's very happy," Lazarus said after the hearing.

Because Williams plans to transfer to another school out of
state he needed to either have his probation transferred or
terminated, Lazarus said.

Lazarus would not say where Williams planned to transfer.
Earlier this week, Williams intended to enroll at Pearl River
Community College in Mississippi, but that plan went awry days
later -- leaving him without a team.

While on probation Williams had to attend classes, stay within
certain geographic boundaries, refrain from drinking alcohol,
perform a number of hours of community service and not violate any
other laws, Lazarus said.

"Obviously, for someone who had a troubled past, the most
important condition was not to get in any trouble, and he didn't,"
Lazarus said.

Williams' trouble with the law became public in February 2004 when
his record of 11 arrests was revealed on the same day he signed a
letter of intent with the Hurricanes.

He was allowed to enroll at Miami, provided he adhered to strict
academic and off-field ground rules. But he never became a starter
with the Hurricanes, which prompted his search for a new school.