Daniel Horton Arraigned on Assault Charge

Michigan junior guard Daniel Horton was in court Monday morning entering a not guilty plea on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Michigan junior guard Daniel Horton was in court Monday morning entering a not guilty plea on a charge that was reduced from "aggravated felonious assault" to a misdemeanor assault charge. He was released on a $5,000 bond. Horton, who faces a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine, is scheduled to be back in court February 9th for a preliminary hearing.

According to this morning's Detroit News, the alleged victim (his then girlfriend) claimed that on December 10th, Horton showed up at her apartment in that morning to confront her about where she had been the evening before. During the argument she alleged that he put her in a sleeper hold and choked her into unconsciousness. She further alleged that when she revived Horton "choked her again and told her not to scream again or he would show her how he could kill her."

Subsequent to the incident a two-hour conversation supposedly ensued. The young woman, whose name has not been released, indicated that Horton apologized for his actions and promised to seek counseling. Though she wished not to press charges, she did file a complaint three days later for what was termed as "documentation purposes."

The Detroit News reported that "the woman did not seek medical attention, and the officer who took her statement noticed no marks on her neck."

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker was out of town on a recruiting trip yesterday and was unavailable for comment. Michigan assistant Charles Ramsey took his place in the Big Ten teleconference yesterday and stated "We stand behind Daniel 100 percent."

Magistrate Michael Gatti granted Horton permission to leave the state for basketball games. No decision has been made yet regarding what, if any, punishment he will suffer from the team.

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