Fargo, ND (Sports Network) - Ten North Dakota State football players were
sentenced to community service and fined on Tuesday after pleading guilty to
misdemeanor election fraud.
The players faked signatures on ballot measure petitions they were hired to
collect for the state.
Those involved from the defending FCS national championship squad were
starters Joshua Colville, Sam Ojuri, Brendin Pierre and Marcus Williams as
well as Lucas Albers, Aireal Boyd, Demitrius Gray, Antonio Rogers, Charles
Smith III and Bryan Shepherd.
Each player will serve 360 days of unsupervised probation and 50 hours of
community service and must pay $325 in fees. Also, each player's record will
be expunged if he completes the conditions of his sentence.
The faked signatures occurred on two ballot measures, one involving a
potential state conservation fund and the other the legalization of medical
marijuana usage. Neither measure received enough signatures to be put on the
Top-ranked NDSU will host No. 3 Youngstown State in an important Missouri
Valley Football Conference game on Saturday.
Williams is an All-America and Buck Buchanan Award nominee.
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