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Probation for JMU students who threw snowballs

Two James Madison University students will spend 12 months on probation and eight hours picking up litter for throwing snowballs at a snowplow and an unmarked police cruiser.

Ryan William Knight and Charles Joseph Gill also must submit letters of apology to the officers involved in the case.

Knight and Gill were sentenced Wednesday after they pleaded guilty in Rockingham County General District Court to playing in a roadway, a misdemeanor.

Each 21-year-old student originally was charged with throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle, a felony. The charges were reduced under a deal with prosecutors.

The incident occurred Feb. 6 following a storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the Shenandoah Valley.

-- Daily News-Record

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 8, 2010; 7:56 AM ET
Categories:  Offbeat , Updates , Virginia  
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Those officers are very, very small. This seems more like a student vs townie thing.

Posted by: 123cartoon | April 8, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I 100% agree with you 123cartoon. Nowhere else have I ever been where the townie/student divide is so large then JMU.

Posted by: netsurf12 | April 8, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

These people weren't doing anything wrong. They were only having fun.


Jerkoff snowball throwers in DC.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | April 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

F tha Police! throw rocks next time - ahahaha j/k

Posted by: rockettonu | April 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

My sister went to JMU. She told me one time cops stopped her and her friend while they were walking home from a party because they appeared drunk. WALKING home from a party... on the sidewalk. She said cops have nothing better to do in that town but harass the students.

Posted by: nudar | April 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about JMU but I do know that no one has a right to throw snowballs at any person or thing or unless there is consent by the other party. The idiots at 14th and U in DC that shockingly asked the plainclothed police officer "who brings a gun to snowball fight" forgot to realize that if you hit someone with a snowball without his permission that it is assault and battery.

Posted by: blk-ml | April 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Americans always act like children.
Now tell Tommy to eat all his din dins and not to say the n word.

Posted by: captgrumpy | April 8, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

the immature moderator said NO

Posted by: captgrumpy | April 8, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

The pigs will probably sit back and eat doughnuts during any actual crime (they do in DC), but a snowball, why that's a MISSILE!!!!

Posted by: jiji1 | April 12, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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