Ex-Terp K. Washington is given probation in theft, forgery case

November 26, 1992|By Special to The Sun

HYATTSVILLE -- A Prince George's County District Court judge gave former University of Maryland wide receiver Kevin Washington 18 months probation yesterday after the player entered a guilty plea to theft and forgery charges.

Washington, 19, a Dunbar High graduate, was suspended from the football team in August after university police arrested him on Aug. 14 for allegedly stealing credit cards and blank checks from his roommate in late July. Police said he forged the checks to buy food from Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut.

The verdict of Judge Gerard F. Devlin also stipulated that Washington perform 60 hours of community service during his supervised probation and that he makes restitution -- $411.52 to American Express, $55.65 to Hecht Co. and $58.19 to Citizens Bank of Maryland.

Football will be put on hold, Washington said, adding that he will consider enrolling at a Baltimore college.

"I'm not thinking about football," said Washington, an accounting major before his suspension from Maryland in August. "Now I just want to focus on getting an education."

Harvey Siegel, Washington's attorney, said an arrangement was made with the state's attorney to have Washington's guilty pleas struck so that he maintains a clean record.

The judge's decision of probation before judgment gives Washington time to redeem himself by staying out of trouble until the end of his 18-month probation.

Maryland football coach Mark Duffner could not be reached for comment.

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