MSU Commit Jayru Campbell Arraigned, Pleads 'Not Guilty'

By D.J. Byrnes on March 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Dual-threat QB and Michigan State commit Jayru Campbell is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor for allegedly body-slamming his school's security guard

Today, he was officially arraigned and unsurprisingly entered a plea of "not guilty." From

Jayru Campbell, 17, faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. A plea of not guilty was entered during the brief hearing this morning at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, and another hearing was set for Friday.

Campbell is out of custody on bond and had support of family and friends in the courtroom. Several wore Michigan State apparel to the hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge James Chylinski.


The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000, and the misdemeanor count is punishable by up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $1,000.

The incident allegedly occurred after the school's 23 year-old security guard asked Campbell multiple times to take off his hood. The incident was recorded, posted to Instagram and has since been reposted over YouTube.

If the person doing the body-slamming is proven to be Jayru Campbell (and obviously the government thinks it is), then Campbell's lawyer will have his work cut-out for him. It's likely this never goes to trial, though, and Campbell's lawyer will simply angle for a plea deal.

It must be assumed the terms of the potential plea deal would be critical in determining if Campbell's Michigan State scholarship offer is still valid. 

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