A Detroit Cass Tech football star who slammed a school security officer into the floor accepted a plea deal today and won’t have a criminal record if he successfully completes all the conditions given to him.
As part of the plea, Jayru Campbell, 17, must attend and participate in psychological counseling and anger management classes. He must also write a letter of apology to the officer he injured that will be read in court, undergo a psychological evaluation prior to sentencing and pay any unpaid medical bills of the victim.
Campbell had been charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor during the hearing in Detroit and the felony charge was dismissed.
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Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny, who presides over the criminal division, granted Holmes Youthful Trainee status to Campbell and said if he followed all the conditions, he wouldn’t have the charge on his record. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act permits individuals under the age of 21 to avoid a criminal record.
“I want you to know,” Kenny said, “it doesn’t have anything to do with you being a good athlete.”
Instead, he said, it’s about his background and the circumstances of the case.
Campbell was charged after a 23-year-old security officer was slammed to the ground on Jan. 22 inside Cass Tech. Kenny asked Campbell about the incident, which was caught on video.
“You did, in fact, pick him up and did, in fact, slam him to the floor of the school. Is that true?” Kenny asked.
“Yes, sir,” Campbell responded.
“And certainly you didn’t have any right to do that?” Kenny said.
“No, sir,” Campbell responded.
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Kam Towns said the security officer suffered an injury to his scalp requiring stitches and a wound to his lip.
Sentencing is scheduled to take place on May 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.
Campbell and his family did not speak to reporters after the hearing, but his attorney, Jeffrey Edison, talked briefly. He declined to answer many questions saying a statement will be made at the appropriate time.
When asked what Campbell’s future plans are, Edison said to live the best possible life.
He did not say if the future of Campbell, who verbally committed to play at Michigan State in 2015, would include playing football in college.
Campbell is back in school at Cass Tech, a Detroit Public Schools spokesman said last month.