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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DA drops assault charge against ex-KU football player accused of threatening girlfriend with gun

Judge orders probation, anger management for marijuana conviction instead

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The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony assault charge against a former University of Kansas football player accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun.

The dismissal was part of a plea agreement entered Tuesday in Douglas County District Court, where Maciah A. Long, 20, pleaded no contest to one count of marijuana possession.

For the drug conviction, Judge Kay Huff sentenced Long to six months of probation and ordered him to complete an anger management program.

Following an Aug. 20 incident involving his then-girlfriend at his off-campus apartment, Long was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony; one count of criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor; and one count of marijuana possession, a misdemeanor.

In exchange for Long’s plea to the marijuana charge, the judge approved dropping the other two charges.

Despite the ultimate conviction being for drugs, prosecutor Andrew Bauch said “this is a domestic violence case” and that anger management was “absolutely appropriate.”

The victim has since relocated to another state and does not want to participate with prosecution in the case, even after multiple discussions and offers by the DA’s office to pay her way to Kansas for proceedings, Bauch said.

“She says she’s doing much better, she’s happy, she’s in a normal life routine,” Bauch said. “She indicated … that she wanted to move on in her life.”

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The day after Long’s arrest, KU football head coach David Beaty announced that Long, a sophomore defensive end, had been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. Long, a native of Houston, Texas, played both linebacker and tight end for the Jayhawks in 2016.

Long transferred to Garden City Community College, where he played on the football team this season and was maintaining “good grades,” his attorney, Hatem Chahine, said Tuesday.

Chahine said Long had no prior criminal record. In addition to being subject to random drug testing as a condition of his probation, Chahine said Long was required to take drug tests for being a student athlete.

Long declined to address the court before being sentenced.

According to an affidavit prepared by Lawrence police in support of the initial charges:

The girlfriend told police that during an argument with Long, he was holding a gun, slid a bullet into the chamber and told her, “I’ll shoot your kneecaps out.”

Officers saw a television with a broken screen, consistent with being punched or having something thrown at it, and other items in disarray in the apartment.

After Long agreed to let police search his car, they found a handgun matching the one the woman described, with a live round in the chamber, inside a KU backpack in the car. They also reportedly found marijuana and a digital scale in the car.

Comments

Suzi Marshall 1 week, 4 days ago

Any chance Long will be reinstated once he completes anger management?

Jim Stauffer 1 week, 3 days ago

Chris, Giving a good kid from a good family a second chance is a worthy consideration.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 week, 4 days ago

You really think his guy belongs back on the team? The other charges were dismissed that doesn't mean that he didn't do them or that he is innocent of those charges. With all of the stories about sexual violence or violence against women with KU athletes being accused l highly doubt The University would allow him back. He chambered a round into a gun would you want him back on campus?

Jeff Coffman 1 week, 4 days ago

This is a black eye for sure. This was the second best player on Beaty's second year on the job. Never good to see something like this happen.

Chris Bailey 1 week, 4 days ago

What in the hell is with these young kids and their addiction to violence and violent crime not to mention drugs? I am very pro-second amendment and am an active NRA member but I was taught how to properly treat, handle and respect a weapon. You NEVER EVER point a weapon at or threaten anyone with a weapon unless they are threatening your life and intend to use your weapon to defend yourself, period. I don't understand it. I've taken defensive shooting classes designed to teach techniques to defend yourself in situations such as this. I just don't think kids truly understand or value life anymore. Pulling that trigger can change more than that persons life and your life. As for the drug use I don't understand it either because I wasn't raised around it and have always looked at it unfavorably but at least it doesn't typically lead to aggression. Just stop involving weapons in your daily lives they aren't toys. This is why I truly think everyone should be required to pass a gun safety course before purchasing a weapon as well as demonstrate they understand how to properly operate their weapon and weapons in general. I also think everyone should be required to have a CCL that way the idiots of the world won't own weapons legally. When someone commits a crime their license is pulled and thus their weapons are confiscated until such time that they complete a restitution (if applicable) or the weapons are sold for market value if that isn't a possibility in cases such as a felony. If you're an idiot with a weapon and you own great grandpa's M1 Garand that's been handed down then sorry you're probably gonna lose it. So don't be an idiot and you have nothing to fear. Grow up! Stop acting like a moron! Start being accountable! You're a damn role model! You wanna play college ball well kids are looking up to you!!! Live like someone is always watching! Live like someone of high standards would and not a reckless, careless life that leads to nowhere.

Chris Bailey 1 week, 4 days ago

Thanks. I feel they are helpful. I know mine are all locked in gun safes and my son doesn't even know the combinations to those at almost 12. He's just not ready for that responsibility. Someday he will be but not yet. He's been taught gun safety and knows right from wrong. If only others would follow suit but some don't see that as important.

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