Three former Michigan State football players accused of sexual assault have agreed to plea deals that charge them with lesser crimes and could potentially spare them from serving jail time.
Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance all pleaded guilty to a felony charge of seduction Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court, the Detroit News reported. The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. King also pleaded to a felony charge of surveilling an unclothed person, which is punishable by up two years in prison. The deals reportedly could allow all three to avoid up-front jail time.
Prior to the plea deals being reached, King faced up to life in prison for charges of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and Corley and Vance each previously faced up to 15 years in prison on charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Investigators say the incident occurred in Jan. 2017 at a party at the University Village Apartments. According to witness testimony, King pulled the victim into a bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex on him and later penetrated her against her will. The witness further testified that King allowed Corley and Vance to enter the bathroom and forced the victim to perform oral sex on both of them.
King, Corley and Smith, all highly-recruited four-star prospects in Michigan State’s 2016 signing class, were expelled from the university in June of 2017.