Husker lineman's appeal denied regarding jail sentence

2014-05-08T15:30:00Z 2014-05-08T19:57:08Z Husker lineman's appeal denied regarding jail sentenceBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

A judge has rejected a motion filed by Husker offensive lineman Alex Lewis to have a jail sentence reduced so he could attend summer classes and participate in football workouts, according to the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera.

Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler had sentenced the 22-year-old transfer from Colorado to 45 days in jail on March 21 after Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault for his role in a fight that police reports say left an Air Force cadet unconscious.

According to the Boulder newspaper, Lewis filed a motion on April 29 asking Butler to reconsider the sentence. Butler denied the motion this week, deeming the original ruling appropriate.

"The (defendant) was given a chance to complete the spring semester," Butler wrote in his ruling. "He should not have registered for summer school knowing of this sentence. His football obligations and civil liability are not priorities for this court."

Husker coach Bo Pelini said during spring practices that Lewis' sentencing was "a little bit of a curveball," but praised the lineman for his behavior since joining the NU program.

"From the kid's standpoint, you deal with the hand you're dealt and make the best of it. I know he'll handle it the right way," Pelini said then.

The junior Lewis spent most of spring practices working as Nebraska's No. 1 left tackle. He began attending classes at UNL last fall but did not join the football program until after his guilty plea to the misdemeanor in December.

"Our administration on the other side of campus kind of (said), 'These are the parameters you're going to have to abide by and do before we put you on scholarship and welcome you in,'" Pelini said during the spring.

"They kind of laid out a plan for him — that I wasn't really a part of — and said (he) can't deviate from that plan. He's done that every step of the way. He's just exceeded expectations."

— Brian Christopherson

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