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Two Hurricane LBs Plead No Contest

August 16, 1996

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ Miami Hurricanes linebackers James Burgess and Jeffrey Taylor, suspended after being charged with felonies, pleaded no contest to reduced charges and could rejoin practice as early as Monday.

Burgess and Taylor had each faced a felony charge of burglary with assault and battery for their involvement in the beating of former track athlete Maxwell Voce at the school in June.

The charges were reduced to misdemeanors after the players provided statements to investigators.

Burgess and Taylor must be reinstated as students by the university’s dean of students before they can return to practice. Coach Butch Davis declined to say what he plans to do until a university review is conducted, probably this weekend.

Jammi German, a junior receiver suspended for the season, is charged with burglary with assault and battery in the case. He has pleaded innocent, and his trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 15.

``At the time charges were filed, James Burgess and Jeffrey Taylor had not given a statement to police or the State Attorney’s Office,″ prosecutor Adam Neijna said. ``After reviewing all the evidence, we determined that proper and just resolution was to accept a plea to the charge of trespass to an occupied structure.″

Taylor’s attorney, Larry Handfield, said Taylor and Burgess went to Voce’s apartment to break up the confrontation between German and Voce.

Taylor and Burgess will be placed on probation for nine months and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service. They’ll have no criminal record if they successfully complete those requirements.

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