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Michigan players accused in St. Patrick's Day assault

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two Michigan football players were
arraigned Wednesday on assault charges after police say they
attacked a fellow student in a residence hall on St. Patrick's Day.

Carson Butler, of Detroit, and Christian Richards III, of
Pacoima, Calif., were charged with one count each of aggravated
assault, and assault and battery, campus police spokeswoman Diane
Brown said.

The aggravated assault charge is a misdemeanor that carries a
maximum penalty of one year. The assault and battery charge is a
misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 93 days.

The players, both 19-year-old sophomores, were arraigned in
Washtenaw District Court and released on $5,000 personal bonds
pending a March 27 pretrial hearing, Brown said.

School spokesman David Ablauf had no immediate comment on the
arrests.

Butler, a tight end, started seven games for Michigan last
season and caught 19 passes. Coach Lloyd Carr said last week Butler
would not be with the team during spring drills, which began
Saturday and end April 14.

Richards, a reserve defensive back, had five tackles last year.

A 20-year-old Michigan student told campus police he was
repeatedly punched Saturday in an acquaintance's dorm room, Brown
said. The victim told police his attackers already were in the room
when he arrived and that he did not know why he was assaulted,
Brown said.

Brown said a fourth student in the room was not attacked and did
not take part in the alleged assault.

Police were called to the room, and the victim was taken to the
University of Michigan Hospital emergency room where he was treated
and released, police said.