Green-Beckham settles marijuana case by pleading guilty to trespassing

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 12:05 p.m. CST; updated 5:20 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has settled his arrest for a municipal marijuana offense by pleading guilty to trespassing instead.

Under an agreement reached between Dorial Green-Beckham’s attorney, Wally Bley, and assistant city prosecutor Adam Kruse, Green-Beckham’s charge was changed from possession of marijuana to second-degree trespass.

Bley would not elaborate Thursday about why the charges were changed.

According to the Municipal Court documents, Green-Beckham paid a $200 fine and $22.50 in court costs Oct. 16 under the revised trespass charge.

Bley said he represented Green-Beckham at the request of his parents. The case had originally been assigned to attorney Bogdan Susan, whose biography notes that he has successfully handled cases involving student athletes.

Kruse, reached Thursday, did not explain why the charge was changed to trespassing. He did point to the city ordinance that calls for penalties no greater than a fine, counseling or community service for adults possessing less than 35 grams of marijuana in the city.

The decision, Kruse said, was "consistent with that of other students or young people who have no prior record and are charged with violating the city ordinance of possession of marijuana.”

Green-Beckham was one of three Missouri football players arrested Oct. 3 on suspicion of possession of marijuana. MU police found Green-Beckham, freshman receiver Levi Copelin and freshman linebacker Torey Boozer with less than 35 grams of marijuana in a vehicle in parking lot G, south of Memorial Stadium.

Copelin and Boozer have disposition hearings scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Municipal Court.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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