Plea bargain discussed for Terps' K. Washington

September 12, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- An attorney for Maryland wide receiver Kevin Washington said yesterday he has begun preliminary talks with officials from the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office, but he's not certain if any plea or other legal arrangements can be made before Washington's Oct. 23 court date.

Washington, a redshirt freshman from Dunbar High, is facing three counts of felony forgery and nine counts of misdemeanor theft. Charges were filed by campus police on Aug. 14.

"It would be unfair at this point to say something definite is going to happen because of the number of parties involved," said Harvey Siegel, of Siegel & Siegel in Baltimore. "But I have spoken with some Prince George's County authorities as well as the campus police and Andy Geiger [Maryland's athletic director].

"It could happen. We just have to do what is in the best interest of Kevin Washington, the university and all involved. There's nothing imminent, but maybe something could happen within the next two, three or four weeks. We've got until Oct. 23 to get this done. As for the particulars of the case, I wouldn't want to discuss them at this time."

Richard Bury, administrator with the Prince George's County District Court, was unavailable for comment.

Washington faces up to 10 years in prison for the felony forgery charges and up to 18 months in jail or a $500 fine for each count of misdemeanor theft.

But it has become apparent that Kevin Washington may try to settle for a plea arrangement similar to the one worked out by sophomore running back Larry Washington, who admitted to one count of felony forgery of a credit card on Aug. 31.

Larry Washington, from Randallstown, was involved with Kevin Washington in connection with the alleged theft and use of checks and credit cards.

Larry Washington agreed to probation before judgment -- with no legal pleading or finding of guilt -- and was placed on one year's unsupervised probation and required to make restitution of $652.12, serve 40 hours of community service and agree to testify if Kevin Washington went to trial.

If Larry Washington doesn't violate his probation, he will be able to ask that his record be expunged after a period of three years.

Gary Neal, Larry Washington's attorney, said yesterday that Larry Washington was a first-time offender, and that that fact had major impact on getting a plea arrangement.

Siegel said yesterday that Kevin Washington also had no previous record.

Both were suspended indefinitely from the team by coach Mark Duffner on Aug. 15, but Larry Washington was reinstated Sept. 2. The next day, Duffner announced that Kevin Washington was suspended permanently. His scholarship is valid through this school year.

Siegel said that in view of the publicity from the incident, Kevin Washington probably will withdraw from the university and transfer.

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