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UO football player pleads guilty to menacing

(The Register-Guard) — University of Oregon football player Troy Hill will serve three years probation after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge related to a domestic dispute with a girlfriend.

Hill, 22, was alleged to have placed the woman in imminent fear of being injured when he punched a wall and yelled during an incident that led to his arrest in Eugene Dec. 13, prosecutors said.

Hill was suspended from all football-related activities after the arrest, but a team source said Friday that he is now expected to be reinstated by head coach Mark Helfrich.

Hill -- who was originally arrested by Eugene police on preliminary charges that included felony counts of fourth-degree assault and strangulation -- was only formally charged in Lane County Circuit Court with two misdemeanors.

He pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of menacing. Prosecutors dismissed the other misdemeanor, a second-degree assault charge, in the plea deal.

"I'd just like to apologize," Hill told Circuit Judge Cynthia Carlson during his court appearance. "I'm very sorry for my actions."

In addition to being sentenced to 36 months' probation, Hill will be required to complete 70 hours of community service and take part in anger management counseling.

He was also ordered to pay $200 in court fines and will be prohibited from accessing deadly or dangerous weapons during his time on probation. The latter condition is standard in domestic violence cases, Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow said.

Prosecutor Rebecca Ivanoff said in court that the victim in the case supported the agreement that included Hill's guilty plea. While on probation, Hill is barred from making contact with the woman.

Hill hired Eugene attorney Michael Buseman to represent him in court. Buseman previously represented former Ducks running back LaMichael James in a 2010 domestic violence case and in 2011 served as former UO cornerback Cliff Harris' attorney in a traffic violation case. He also represented former Ducks receiver Garrett Embry in a 2010 burglary case that also involved former quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Hill, a backup cornerback, appeared in Oregon's first 11 games last season, contributing 21 solo tackles, four pass break-ups and a forced fumble. He also returned kicks on special teams.

Hill was suspended for the Civil War game against Oregon State on Nov. 29 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was arrested two weeks later and subsequently missed the Alamo Bowl after Helfrich handed down the indefinite suspension.

-- Reporter Ryan Thorburn contributed to this report.


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