Trio sentenced to community service
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Two former Oregon State football players and a current team member who took a golf cart on a joyride in March have each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Former linebacker Keaton Kristick was sentenced Tuesday to 25 hours of community service, while former quarterback Lyle Moevao received 40 hours and defensive tackle Brennan Olander received 65 hours.
Moevao was ordered to pay $750 in restitution, with Kristick and Olander paying their share to him. All three were also put on bench probation during the hearing before Judge Locke Williams in Benton County Circuit Court.
The three admitted to taking an athletic department golf cart on a joyride in March and flipping it before leaving it parked off-campus.
"It was a night we were trying to have some fun, and obviously, it was the wrong kind of fun," Moevao told the judge.
Moevao was 11-4 as a starter for the Beavers, but his career was curtailed by injuries. The Beavers had appealed for a sixth year of eligibility for him, but it was denied by the NCAA.
Kristick, who finished out his career last season, recently signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
Olander faced a tougher probation because of prior convictions in 2006 for criminal mischief and 2009 for second-degree theft.
Several current and former Beavers have had offseason brushes with the law since the start of the year.
Quarterback Peter Lalich was arrested on suspicion of driving a boat under the influence on Lake Shasta in California last weekend.
Lalich, a junior who was competing to start this fall, came to Corvallis after being dismissed from Virginia's football team for two alcohol-related offenses.
He is set to be arraigned in Shasta County Court on June 21.
"We are aware of the situation and once we learn all the facts we will then act accordingly," coach Mike Riley said in a statement.
Defensive end John Braun and offensive lineman Tyler Thomas were cited on alcohol-related offenses last month.
Oregon State's troubles follow a rash of player misconduct at the University of Oregon, the state's other Pac-10 Conference program.
Jeremiah Masoli, a possible Heisman Trophy candidate, was suspended for all of next season after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in the theft of a pair of laptops and a guitar from a campus fraternity in late January.
Running back LaMichael James, who set the Pac-10 record for rushing by a freshman last season, was suspended for the Ducks' opener on Sept. 4 against New Mexico after pleading guilty to misdemeanor harassment in connection with an altercation with a former girlfriend.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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