FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A former Fitchburg State University who was arrested on campus the day after he was expelled while wearing a military-style ammunition belt has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Andrew Despres of New Bedford was arrested in December the day after he was expelled for other infractions, then charged with illegal possession of a belt of semi-automatic-rifle ammunition, even though the shell casings had no bullets in them and were inert.

The Telegram & Gazette ( ) reports that the 20-year-old Despres pleaded guilty on Thursday to the trespassing charge and the ammunition charge was dismissed.

His lawyer and his mother said the ammo belt was simply a fashion statement bought online for $20 and he had worn it numerous times before without problems.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.),