Stanley arrested, suspended

Junior tailback tentatively faces five charges after allegedly choking a woman

Booker Stanley, a University of Wisconsin tailback, was arrested early this morning and suspended indefinitely from the football team for allegedly battering and strangling a former girlfriend.

The incident occurred on a day in which Stanley was supposed to enter into a plea agreement related to a fight at the Mifflin Street Block Party in April. Stanley faces four misdemeanor charges from that episode and would have been referred to the first-offender's program if not for his arrest this morning.

"That case has been adjourned until the district attorney's office sorts out what happened this morning and what, if any, charges they are going to file," said Charles Giesen, Stanley's attorney.

Today, Stanley was tentatively charged with two counts misdemeanor battery and felony charges for false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and battery-intimidation of a victim. Giesen said that a bail hearing will likely take place Friday. Stanley will remain in custody at the Dane County Jail until bail is set.

According to a press release issued by the Madison Police Department, officers were sent to Stanley's apartment on the 2300 block of University Avenue at about 3:35 a.m. Stanley allegedly battered and choked a 20-year-old woman.

Under the terms of UW's student-athlete discipline policy, any athlete arrested for a violent offense is immediately suspended indefinitely, with the right to appeal.

Stanley was previously arrested April 30 after two alleged violent altercations at the Mifflin Street Block Party. On May 5 he was formally charged with disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and two counts battery, all misdemeanors. In that case he is accused of pushing a woman to the ground and grabbing her nose and then, about 10 minutes later, getting into a fight with a man. It took four police officers to arrest him.

Stanley was suspended by the athletic department following the April incident, which took place after the Badgers had completed spring practices. An appeals committee amended Stanley's suspension to the first two practices of fall training camp, Aug. 10-11.

If not for this morning's incident, Stanley would have been granted deferred prosecution on the charges stemming from the April arrest. Typically, offenders in the first-offender's program have charges dismissed if they do not violate the terms of what normally is a one-year contract.

Whether or not Stanley can still enter the program will be dependent on what charges, if any, are formally filed as a result of this morning's arrest, Giesen said.

If formal charges are filed against Stanley in the most recent case, it is unlikely that he will be offered deferred prosecution.

Wisconsin may have to play the Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl without Stanley, the team's second-string tailback. The Badgers leave for Orlando Dec. 25. Stanley, a 22-year-old junior, has rushed for 340 yards and three touchdowns this season. If Stanley cannot compete, either sophomore Jamil Walker or junior Dywon Rowan would become UW's No. 2 tailback.

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