Wade enters no contest pleas

Wisconsin guard will be placed in First Offender's Program

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The Capital Times reported Thursday that Maurice "Boo" Wade has entered no contests pleas to two misdemeanor charges as part of a plea bargain.

 

The plea agreement stipulates that Wade will enter the First Offender's Program and will have the charges dismissed if he successfully completes the program.

 

Wade appeared in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday and entered the no contest pleas after a joint-motion requested by the District Attorney's Office and Wade's defense attorney, Stephen Hurley, was granted. The motion reduced a class A misdemeanor battery charge to a class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

 

Wade was initially arrested Feb. 4 on tentative felony battery charges stemming from an incident in which he was accused of choking an ex-girlfriend following an argument. That charge was reduced to a class A misdemeanor battery charge when formal charges were filed Feb. 11. Wade was released on signature bond Feb. 5 and ordered to have no contact with the 19-year-old woman who made the accusation but was later charged with a class A misdemeanor of bail jumping after the woman spent the night in Wade's apartment.

 

Thursday, Wade, 19, plead no contest to the disorderly conduct and bail jumping charges. His bond was also amended to allow contact with the victim barring acts or threats of violence.

 

If he successfully completes the First Offender's Program his record will be expunged of the charges. If he fails to complete the program, or is charged with another crime before completing the program, then he will face sentencing on the two charges.

 

A sophomore guard on Wisconsin's 2003-04 basketball team, Wade was suspended for two games following his initial arrest.

 

Smith arraignment set

 

Dwayne Smith, a 20-year old tailback on the Wisconsin football team, will be arraigned on a felony charge of being party to the crime of second degree sexual assault May 18 in Dane County Circuit Court.

 

For further information regarding Smith's case, please see: Smith's case will go to trial


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