Wednesday, Justin Chaisson pleaded no contest to four gross misdemeanors in Clark County (Nev.) Court: two counts of false imprisonment, one count of malicious destruction of private property and one count of conspiracy to commit coercion and/or false imprisonment.
District Judge Stefany Miley approved the plea agreement and sentenced Chaisson to three years probation and 120 hours community service. As part of the agreement, Chaisson was also told to avoid any contact with the ex-girlfriend and a female witness of the crime.
Mileyís approval of the guilty plea deal appears to have paved the way for Chaisson to still join the Sooner football team.
While Sooner coach Bob Stoops has yet to officially announce whether he will still honor Chaissonís football scholarship, Chaissonís lawyer, Michael Cristalli, said the plea deal was carved out around OUís admittance policy and that he anticipates his client will be attending OU in the fall.
All of Chaissonís charges stem from an altercation that occurred March 17 with an ex-girlfriend that he had dated for four years.
According to a Las Vegas police report, Chaisson and his 17-year-old former girlfriend got into an argument in a parking lot at Bishop Gorman before he followed the girl to a coffee shop.
Outside the coffee shop, Chaisson grabbed the girl's arm and forced her into the back seat of his sport-utility vehicle, according to the report.
The girl told police Chaisson punched her in the ribs and drove her to the desert before pulling her out of the vehicle. She said thatís when he placed a screwdriver to her neck and threatened to kill her, according to the report.
When two of the girl's friends drove up to the scene Chaisson again grabbed her and put her in his vehicle, according to the report.
One of the friends called 911 while following Chaisson's vehicle. According to the report, the incident ended after Chaisson drove his ex-girlfriend to a storage facility and told her to get out of his vehicle.
Chaisson was charged with four felonies: coercion, coercion with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. He was also charged with a count of false imprisonment, a gross misdemeanor, and three counts of battery constituting domestic violence, all three misdemeanors.