Alex Lewis — the offensive lineman who transferred from Colorado in May before being involved in a fight hours later in Boulder — pleaded guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault Friday in connection with that fight, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. In return, Boulder County prosecutors dropped four charges — including two felonies for second-degree assault.
The plea agreement puts to an end a long, convoluted legal situation for Lewis, who has been enrolled and taking classes at NU for the fall semester. Lewis — accused of knocking a 22-year-old Air Force Academy cadet unconscious –appeared close months ago to a plea agreement with a different lawyer, who removed himself from the case and eventually had his Colorado law license suspended for one year and one day for failing to represent other clients properly.
According to the Daily Camera, a third-degree assault conviction carries a “presumptive sentencing range” of six-to-18 months in jail, but Lewis’ former CU teammate, quarterback Jordan Webb, received two years’ probation and 20 days with a work crew after he pleaded guilty to the same charge in connection with the same fight.
Thursday, Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini did not rule out Lewis joining the team for spring camp, though he said the situation was not on his radar. The son of former Husker Bill Lewis, Alex Lewis started all 12 games at left guard for CU in 2012. He could play guard or tackle for NU if Pelini allows him on the team and any potential sentence doesn’t interfere with the 2014 season.