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Legal saga continues for Robert Barber, charged with assault; prosecutor declines to charge T.J. Fehoko

KHQ-6 IN SPOKANE is reporting Robert Barber, the Cougar nose tackle who graduated this past December, has been charged by the Whitman County Prosecutor for his role in a fight at an off-campus party on July 23.

Barber was charged with second-degree felony assault, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years behind bars and/or a fine of $20,000, according to an article on Cougcenter.  Barber is scheduled to appear in Whitman County Superior Court on March 17.

The prosecutor’s office on Thursday declined to file charges against T.J. Fehoko for his role in the same incident, citing insufficient evidence.  Fehoko is no longer with the football program, CF.C reported earlier Thursday.

Barber started six of the first seven games this past season before he was suspended from the university in October by the WSU Student Conduct and Appeals boards. Barber in mid-November was granted a stay by a Whitman County Superior Court judge, clearing the way for him to be return to both the classroom and football program, and receive his degree from WSU.  The judge found the Student Conduct Board’s decision to destroy the record from the hearing as one of the chief reasons for the stay.

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