Jalen Mills enters pretrial diversion program

LSU safety Jalen Mills will enroll in a one-year pretrial diversion program to resolve a misdemeanor simple battery charge.

LSU safety Jalen Mills will enter a one-year pretrial diversion program to resolve a misdemeanor charge, according to multiple reports from his court appearance Wednesday.

Mills faced a charge of simple battery for his role in an altercation over the summer that left a woman with a gash in her lip that required stitches. The alleged victim agreed to let Mills enter the program. It will mandate him to "remain arrest- and drug-free, submit to random drug testing, perform 30 hours of community service, undergo a psychological evaluation and attend a decision-making class," according to a report from The Advocate.

Mills was suspended indefinitely following his June arrest on a felony second-degree battery charge. He had that reduced to misdemeanor simple battery on Aug. 4, and was immediately reinstated for the first day of fall camp.

“It’s just a learning experience,” Mills said in August, his first public statements about the arrest. “I’m learning from it right now. I have to keep moving forward and keep pushing. I have to try to stay focused on just football right now.”

Mills did not miss any playing time during the 2014 season as a result of his legal woes. He started all 13 games, ranked seventh on the team with 62 tackles, intercepted a pass and also recovered a fumble.


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