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Sean Key sentenced to 60 days in jail

September 16, 1997

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida State junior safety Sean Key on Monday pleaded no contest to a felony aggravated battery charge.

Under a plea agreement, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Smith sentenced Key to 60 days in jail and two years’ probation.

Key, from Miami, will begin serving his jail time on Jan. 5, provided he is still in good standing at Florida State. However, if he is dismissed or expelled from school, he will immediately have to report to jail.

Athletic director Dave Hart and coach Bobby Bowden had placed Key on indefinite suspension before the team’s season-opener at Southern California because of the charges that stemmed from a bar fight this summer. He did not play Saturday against Maryland.

Later this week, Key will learn his fate when he appears before the university’s student judicial committee.

``It’s in the hands of our university,″ Bowden said. ``I’d like to know something one way or another.″

School officials are not optimistic that Key will be eligible to play Saturday when the fifth-ranked Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 in the ACC) play at No. 16 Clemson (2-0, 1-0).

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