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The Journal Gazette

October 17, 2016 3:50 PM

Notre Dame's Butler pleads guilty to misdemeanor in fracas


SOUTH BEND — Suspended Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting law enforcement following an altercation with police outside a bar near campus.

Butler, a senior, released a public letter of apology to one of the officers, Aaron Knepper. Under a plea agreement made public Monday, he will avoid jail time and complete 24 hours of community service. He'll also pay $145 restitution for damage to Knepper's clothing and equipment.

Butler was accused of tackling and punching Knepper during the August altercation. Felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official were reduced to the misdemeanor under the plea agreement. Butler has been placed on pretrial diversion for one year.

Coach Brian Kelly suspended Butler indefinitely shortly after the arrest.