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Michigan freshman wide receiver Darryl Stonum sentenced to 12 months probation

BY JENNA SKOLLER
Daily Staff Reporter
Published April 8, 2009

Michigan freshman wide receiver Darryl Stonum was sentenced to 12 months probation in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court this morning after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.

As part of the probation, District Judge Julie Creal ordered Stonum to attend substance abuse education and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victims Impact Panel.

Stonum was required to pay funds and costs of $815, probation oversight fees of $240 and a University Department of Public Safety fee of $100.

Stonum was also ordered to complete three days of the Washtenaw County Jail Community Work Program.

“The Community Work Program,” according to ewashtenaw.org, “provides an alternative to incarceration for sentenced misdemeanants and adult probationary felons by coordinating and supervising their participation in community service activities.”

Both Stonum and Director of Student Legal Services Doug Lewis, who represented him, declined to comment on the sentencing.

Stonum was arrested Sept. 28 around 4 a.m. after he was pulled over on State Street near campus, according to police reports. Stonum was traveling at about 60 miles per hour when he almost hit another car crossing through the intersection at State Street and Hill Street.

The preliminary breath test police administered at the scene showed Stonum’s blood alcohol content to be at .10. In the state of Michigan, it is illegal for a minor to operate a vehicle with a BAC of .02 or higher. Stonum was 18 at the time of the incident.

Stonum could have potentially faced up to 93 days in jail, $300 in fines and 360 hours of community service for the offense.

Because of a “violation of team rules,” Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez suspended Stonum from the team’s Oct. 4 game against Illinois. Stonum was not disciplined further in addition to this one-game suspension.

During his weekly Big Ten teleconference on Nov. 4, the day of Stonum’s arraignment, Rodriguez said Stonum would not face any further discipline

Stonum did play but didn’t start in the team's next game against Toledo.

Stonum started at wide receiver in the rest of the Wolverines’ 12 games last season. During the season, he made 14 catches for 176 yards and one touchdown.