Suspended Utah WR Cory Butler-Byrd pleads guilty

Utah wide receiver Cory Butler-Byrd, who is currently suspended, entered a guilty plea in court this week stemming from an incident on campus back in July. Butler-Byrd was charged with criminal mischief for damaging a University of Utah police building and vehicle.

The charge will be dropped as part of his plea deal as long as he avoids any further run-ins with the law and attends counseling.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

The 21-year-old’s criminal mischief charge will be dismissed pending no criminal offenses in the next year, proof of mental health counseling and a $1,691.50 restitution payment for the damage he caused.

Butler-Byrd was formally charged earlier this month after he was discovered by police on July 27 “preparing to throw a large white sign” at the police’s patrol building on South Campus drive, according to the probable cause statement. He later told police he had broken a window in the building and jumped on top of a police car, damaging the roof and the rear windshield.

The report also mentioned Butler-Byrd “was planning to meet with coaches after his court appearance.” There is currently no word on when his suspension will be lifted and he will be reinstated to the team.

Entering the season, Butler-Byrd was a projected starter.

With or without Butler-Byrd, Utah kicks off its 2016 season on Sept. 1 against Southern Utah.

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