- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will enroll in a one-year pretrial diversion program instead of facing trial on a simple battery charge, a state prosecutor said.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1c8JZ5n ) prosecutor Steven Danielson told state District Judge Chip Moore Wednesday that Mills must remain arrest- and drug-free, submit to random drug testing, perform 30 hours of community service, undergo a psychological evaluation, attend a decision-making class and pay the victim’s out-of-pocket medical expenses as part of the program.

Mills’ attorney, former prosecutor Brent Stockstill, told reporters that Mills’ decision to enroll in the diversion program is “absolutely not” an admission of guilt.

Stockstill said Mills wants to put the matter behind him and move on with his life and football career.

“This is what the alleged victim asked to happen,” Stockstill said of what transpired in court Wednesday.

If Mills successfully completes the program, he can request that the charge be removed from his record, Stockstill added.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III, who was not in Chip Moore’s courtroom Wednesday morning for Mills’ court appearance, said those medical expenses are greater than $500 but less than $1,000.

The woman needed four stitches to close a gash on her lip following an alleged altercation with Mills after she knocked on Mills’ door looking for a friend about 1 a.m. on May 4, according to a warrant.

LSU’s spring game is set for April 18.

Hillar Moore said the victim met with prosecutors Tuesday and, after consulting with her mother, agreed to accept Mills’ offer to enroll in a pretrial intervention program.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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