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Jordan Williams Charged With Assault (Updated)

Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams has been charged with assault in Torrington, Ct., his hometown, according to an official from the city's police department. Williams was one of five teenagers arrested for an alleged assault on Aug. 8.

Williams, 18, turned himself in at the Torrington police department on Saturday, the official said. He was charged with assault in the third degree and breach of peace. Both are misdemeanor charges. Williams was released after signing a written agreement to appear in Bantam Superior Court on Oct. 5.

Williams faces a total of up to 18 months incarceration and fines stemming from the charges, according to state statutes. However, Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney Devin Stilson said "rarely do you see someone get the maximum penalties unless it's a repeat" offender.

A search of the online Connecticut state court records revealed Williams has had no previous charges brought against him, making him a first-time offender.

Stilson said it is likely that a first-time offender would be placed in one of the state's diversionary programs.

"Generally, it includes a period of supervision of some sort," Stilson said. "The intensity of the supervision varies depending on which type of program we're talking about. Our most used diversionary program is called Accelerated Rehabilitation. I know that New York state calls it ACD, which means adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. It simply means that a person is put in a monitoring situation for up to two years. If during that period they do everything the judge tells them, they complete all the conditions and they don't get arrested for any new crimes, then the charges get dismissed. And of course, that's assuming that the person making the application is, in fact, eligible for that program."

Stilson said a person's program eligibility is dependent largely upon whether he or she has faced previous charges.

"We are aware of the situation and are monitoring any changes," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said in a statement released by the athletic department. "We will let the judicial system run its course before making any decisions. Any discipline coming from the campus will be in accordance with our Student-Athlete Code of Conduct."

By Steve Yanda  |  September 28, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

I bet he didn't make the cut for the Huskies :)

Posted by: mattgitlin | September 28, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I bet he didn't make the cut for the Huskies :)

Posted by: mattgitlin | September 28, 2009 11:43 AM

Is that why UConn offered him a scholarship?? Because he didn't "make the cut"

Posted by: Kev29 | September 28, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

We steal laptops, we don't commit assault. White collar crimes baby.

Posted by: mattgitlin | September 28, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

We steal laptops, we don't commit assault. White collar crimes baby.

Posted by: mattgitlin | September 28, 2009 11:53 AM

Stealing a laptop can be a grand theft felony. And is certainly not a white collar crime. This is a misdemeanor charge for Williams. Not to be taken too lightly, but if big time schools didn't have dudes with misdemeanor records, they wouldn't stay big time very long.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 28, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Met him at beach this summer. He and friends were very polite. Don't know details, but he's no thug.

Posted by: hailravens | September 28, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

You are wrong on so many points.

A) I said "I bet" which means nothing to you, because you don't know me. I didn't look it up, so I was wrong. You should have bet against me you fool, you lose. He probably isn't Khalid El Amin anyways, so im not upset. He didn't go to Uconn because he probably wanted to play. Hence second rate college basketball program. Don't get me wrong, I like Gary, but he's no Jim Calhoun. You're just upset about Josh Boone. That was years ago, take it easy.

B) White collar crimes can most definitely be felonies. Ever seen Office Space or Superman III ?!?!?!? White collar crimes are commited where no one gets hurt, but money or property gets stolen, like tax evasion. Physically abusing someone is low class.


C) Crems.

Posted by: mattgitlin | September 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

That was a joke btw.

Posted by: mattgitlin | September 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I heard UCONN was a safety school, so maybe he didn't fit in.

Posted by: hollerdollar | September 28, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I also met him at a recent football tailgate. Seemed like a very nice kid. I am sorry to hear that he is in trouble.

Posted by: dunngood | September 28, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

at least he didn't tell the cop, "I'm from Maryland, and no one can beat me." while being arrested. Nik Caner-Medley baby!

Posted by: crsiggy | September 28, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Kev...
stealing the laptops is reference to AJ Price and MArcus Williams. For all the scumbag dealing Calhoun is involved with on the recruiting front, his handling of that situation was his most dispicable act. Two players committ the same crime, one, you starting PG is suspended 5 games, the other, out with injury, gets suspended for the season. Calhoun's such a classy guy

Posted by: asnis715 | September 28, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Where's Barno to defend this guy and defend Gary "The God" for recruiting him?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

There is no "Bantam County" in Connecticut. Bantam is a borough in the county of Litchfield.

Posted by: JSimons305 | September 28, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Kev...
stealing the laptops is reference to AJ Price and MArcus Williams.

Posted by: asnis715 | September 28, 2009 1:05 PM

Yep - I remember. But physically walking into a computer lab and stealing is not a "white collar crime". Setting up a tax shelter for your ponzi scheme is white collar crime. This is a stupid argument. And where the hell did UConn people come from on Terps Insider??

Posted by: Kev29 | September 28, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

To follow up on hailravens and dunngood; I met him at a dog fight. Seemed to be a nice guy enjoying himself

Posted by: ggsamj | September 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

mattgitlin is right, gary is no calhoun and i'm glad of it. hands down gary can and has outcoached calhoun. gary is top shelf.

Posted by: avanti77 | September 28, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy supposed to be any good? i haven't been following other than Lance Stephenson.

Posted by: tony28 | September 28, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those terms without exception. The writer of this article broke that rule by calling the young man a "teen". Since the University of Maryland football player's assault is his first offense, the punishment which he will get fits the crime.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | September 28, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss something? What ever happened to "Innocent until proven guilty?" In this country less then 50% of the people arrested are ever convicted. Let's wait and see what the outcome and the circumstances are before we start talking about probation.

Posted by: boblund1 | September 28, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I doubt this will affect Williams' status with the team. However, he probably will have to do some community service, etc. It really depends on what role he played in this assault. However, coaches, players, friends, etc need to ensure this doesn't happen again. You don't want this behavior to escalate. Williams will also probably need to break ties with some guys from home who exert a bad influence over him.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 28, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I think the key is he turned himself in. five guys were arrested so it will be interesting to find out what his role was. Lets hope that he is not some sort of meanie/bully in his normal life but is a monster on the boards.

Posted by: HughGRection | September 28, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Where's Barno to defend this guy and defend Gary "The God" for recruiting him?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2009 2:08 PM

So Gary shouldn't have recruited him because of an act he is accused of doing AFTER he recruited him and is innocent until proven guilty? Should UMD not have admitted you Poop for your admitted illegal use of hallucinogens while at the school?

It's okay though Poop, I know you don't know any better. One day you will surprise us all with a relevant thought. I look forward to that day.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 28, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but arrest records and talent levels usually go hand in hand. This could be a good sign for our upcoming season.

Posted by: garrett4 | September 28, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Connecticut offered this kid because Murray Williams, his uncle, played for Calhoun. He's a nice player, but he put up huge numbers posting up 6-2 kids. I'm sure he'll probably start at some point for the Twerps, but he's no kind of impact player. He's a 4 year kid who's headed for Europe after that.
Oh - and Sweaty can't hold Calhoun's jock.
P.S. Rudy Gay .... Josh Boone .... Jerome Dyson ...

Posted by: GaseousClay | September 28, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, Williams's arrest is certainly not good for Maryland PR. Then again, how many of us here have not committed, let's say, youthful indiscretions, in some form or another?

At least he had the integrity to turn himself in. Let's see where the chips fall.

Are there any facts as to what happened?

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 28, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

You all keep spelling it wrong! It's XCONN not UCONN.

Posted by: EZGoer | September 28, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

We will see who has the last laugh, but I assume it will be the fans of the coach with integrity as well as bb smarts, which will all know is Gary Williams. I wouldn't take Calhoun and his trophies because I wouldn't want the stench of corruption that would come with them. It's easy to win when you will break any rule. Calhoun and the XConns deserve each other.

Posted by: Turkoholic | October 1, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

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