Peterson and Wade Sentenced Six Months
Two former Arkansas Razorback football players were sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for their involvement in on-campus burglaries.
Marquel Wade and Andrew Peterson each pleaded guilty to one count residential burglary and were sentenced Wednesday by Judge William Storey in the Washington County Circuit Court. Maudrecus Humphrey, another player, was not sentenced today because his court date was moved to Oct. 31.
Wade, Peterson and Humphrey were arrested May 12 and were each charged with three Class B felony counts for residential burglary and one Class D felony count for theft of property.
Head football coach John L. Smith said he does not think the burglaries will affect the football team, because those arrested are not currently on the team.
“I think it’s a tribute to our guys, our football team,” said head football coach John L. Smith during an interview before the former players’ August court appearances. “I think they’re used to dealing with that a little bit because of what took place during spring ball, so they’ve learned to put that aside, and we’ve tried to tell them you have to be like a racehorse, you have to have blinders on, don’t be focusing on the things that are peripheral be focused on one goal.”
The former players stole laptops, DVDs, books and cash worth more than $4,800 from rooms in the Northwest Quads residence hall, during the first week of May, according to the arrest report.
The UAPD received 10 reports of missing items from rooms in the Quads; the items were subsequently found in Peterson’s Northwest Quad suite, according to the report.
At a court hearing June 27, the three pleaded not guilty on all counts. Humphrey is scheduled to appear Oct. 31 in the Washington County Circuit Court.