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FSU’s Colzie Convicted of Battery

March 13, 1996

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida State cornerback James Colzie faces up to a year in jail for beating up a man at a nightclub, but a prosecutor says he can expect a lighter penalty as a first offender.

A Leon County Court jury Tuesday found Colzie guilty of joining three other assailants in attacking Ken Odom of Orlando at a Tallahassee nightclub last June 11.

The panel, however, acquitted Colzie, a junior from Miami, on a second battery charge. He also had been accused of pushing down Odom’s wife, Angel, before joining in the fist fight.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will wait until after Colzie’s March 25 sentencing before deciding what, if any, disciplinary action he will take, sports information director Rob Wilson said Wednesday.

Colzie maintained he touched neither of the Odoms and left the Late Night Library before the fight broke out.

``I’m happy to get it over with,″ Colzie said. ``I’ve been dealing with it for nine months, but it’s a shame when you didn’t do anything wrong.″

Colzie, 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, is a nephew of former Ohio State and Oakland Raiders star Neal Colzie.

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