Another member of the Wheaton College football team has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with a 2016 hazing incident.
James Cooksey, 23, was the fourth football player from the Christian college to accept a plea deal in the case, admitting guilt to attempted unlawful restraint. In exchange, DuPage County prosecutors dropped counts of aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and mob action.
Cooksey, of Jacksonville, Fla., was sentenced to 30 days of court supervision in an arrangement that prosecutors said will allow him to enter the U.S. military.
Three of his former teammates have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges and have received sentences of community service and conditional discharge. A fifth man charged, Benjamin Pettway, has indicated he will go to trial, possibly later this year.
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The five players were charged in September 2017, about 18 months after they allegedly hazed a teammate.
According to authorities, the players confronted a freshman teammate in his dorm room, placed a pillowcase over his head, bound his arms with duct tape and struck him before forcing him into a vehicle, later leaving him bound and partially clothed in a baseball field.
The younger student, Charles Nagy, who withdrew from school after the incident, suffered shoulder injuries that later required surgery, according to authorities and a lawsuit he later filed.
Clifford Ward is a freelance reporter.