01 May 2012
After three continuations allowed by the court, former Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry will plead guilty from his early morning October assault of a male Columbus State student in the Arena District of downtown Columbus, Ohio in a case that will now be settled outside of court.
Berry's punishment will come in the form of one year probation in the state of Ohio, the payment of court costs and to complete an unannounced amount of hours of community service.
Robert Tobias, assistant prosecuter assigned to the case, said he was told by Berry's defense attorney that Jaamal desired to transfer away from The Ohio State University. William Meeks, Berry's attorney, has said that he is still in good standing with the university as a student but is unsure if he's currently enrolled in classes.
This marks the end to a strange 2011 for Berry who had two different run-ins with law enforcement, the first coming when he was found confused and disoriented and wrestling with another male student on the Ohio State campus on the morning of September 28th, 2011.
Berry was a 4-star recruits and the 56th ranked running back in the nation (Rivals) in the 2010 class and held offers from the likes of West Virginia, South Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Florida and Minnesota before committing to the Buckeyes on August 31st, 2008. He finishes his career in Columbus with 35 carries for 271 yards and one touchdown, along with two receptions for 14 yards.