Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Players Seek Youthful Offender Status in Robbery Case

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Players Seek Youthful Offender Status in Robbery Case

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Attorneys for three of the four suspended University of Alabama football players arrested this week have requested that their clients be granted youthful offender status, which would seal the cases and make the outcome unknown to the public.

Attorneys for Eddie Williams, D.J. Pettway and Brent Calloway filed the documents in court Friday afternoon. If granted, the length of punishment and probation would be limited, and no information about their cases could be made public. Court records do not indicate whether Hayes has hired an attorney yet.

Tuscaloosa attorney Jay Stuck is representing D.J. Pettway, who is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery.

"Both D.J. and his family are very aware of the serious nature of these allegations and D.J. looks forward to the opportunity to present his side of the story," Stuck said. "Given the nature of the allegations, both D.J. and his family will not be commenting to the news media. It is D.J.'s hope to reach a speedy and just resolution to these matters that will allow him to return to his studies and to his team as quickly as possible."

UA Coach Nick Saban suspended Pettway, 20, Eddie Williams, 20, Tyler Hayes, 18, and Brent Calloway, 20, after their arrests early Tuesday morning. All four have been interim suspended from classes and have been banned from campus, pending a judicial review scheduled for next week.

Williams, Pettway and Hayes told UA Police officers that they robbed and stole from two students during the early morning hours Monday, according to court documents.

"D.J. and his family recognize the high standards that are set by the University of Alabama for both their students, as well as their student athletes, and he is grateful for the privilege and opportunity that he has had to be a student at the University. He deeply regrets that this matter has given the appearance that he has failed to live up to the University's standards and hopes that he will have an opportunity to prove that he can and will meet and exceed these high standards in the future."

Stuck filed a request for youthful offender status in Tuscaloosa County District Court Friday afternoon, which he said was based upon Pettway's age and lack of criminal history. …

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