Fifth USU football player pleads guilty in electronics theft

LOGAN — A fifth Utah State football player, arrested and charged for his alleged connection in a burglary case involving four others has pleaded guilty. Ja’Marcus Ingram was arrested and charged in July with tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony.

Court records show Ingram appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge of tampering with a witness, amended to a class A misdemeanor. His plea will be held in suspension for one year, pending the 19-year-old’s successful completion of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and have no contact with the victims.

Police arrested Jaylan Brown and Troy Murray in April, after several video game consoles and games were stolen from a Logan apartment complex in December. The equipment was later traced to a pawn shop in Salt Lake City, where the two 19-year-old men had sold the items for cash.

Ingram, Dayshawn Littleton and Kevin Meiztenheimer were arrested later, accused of trying to hit the witnesses with their car and threatening to return and shoot the victim. The three 19-year-olds were allegedly trying to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown.

On July 10, Murray was sentenced to 12-days in jail after pleading guilty in May to an amended charge of criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and theft, a class B misdemeanor. Judge Willmore also ordered him to pay $272 to the victim and have no contact with Brown.

In June, Meiztenheimer accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to tampering with a witness and obstructing justice, both class A misdemeanors. Under the plea and abeyance, he also agreed to pay a $750 fine and write letters of apology to the victims, while on probation.

On August 14, Littleton pleaded guilty for his role. His plea will also be held in suspension for one year, pending the 20-year-old’s successful completion of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and write a letter of apology to the victims.

Brown is scheduled to appear on September 19, when he will decide whether to have a preliminary hearing or not.

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