Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell will plead to a misdemeanor trespassing charge in relation to an incident from December, his lawyer Jimmy Turk said Friday night, potentially opening up the possibility for him to return to the Hokies.
Journell, 20, has been suspended indefinitely from the football team since being charged with breaking and entering, a Class 2 felony, in late December. He spent nearly a week in jail before being released on a $100,000 secured bond.
Turk said he had come to an agreement with the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Journell to plead to a trespassing charge, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Journell won’t do jail time or pay a fine but will be required to do 100 hours of community service, Turk said.
The deal will be finalized in Montgomery County District Court on Monday, when Journell is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing.
“I think it’s a very fair disposition for Cody,” Turk said. “And he just simply needs to get this behind him and get back to what he was doing, which will certainly be playing football and going to Virginia Tech as a student.
“He’ll be a much better person and a much better student-athlete. And I think this should serve to be a very fair learning experience for a lot of student-athletes at Virginia Tech.”
Journell and two others, Matthew Dunton and Matthew Brady, were charged with breaking and entering on Dec. 22 after the Commonwealth’s Attorney said they entered the home of Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and his roommate Sean Allen, looking to retrieve stolen marijuana.
Prosecutors said Dunton knocked on the door of the residence and Journell and Brady rushed in after Hudson answered. Dunton removed an air gun from a pizza box, which led to a felony charge for use of a deadly weapon.
Turk only represented Journell in the case. It’s unclear if the other defendants have worked out similar pleas or not.
Journell foreshadowed the news with this tweet Friday night: “First good news I’ve heard in 6 months…I’m so determined to make a mike vick comeback, man I love #VT.”
Journell’s status with the team hasn’t been resolved, as far as Turk knew. University policy requires student-athletes charged with a felony to be suspended until it is dropped, dismissed or resolved.
With the charges now resolved, athletic director Jim Weaver will be able to review the case.
Attempts to reach Virginia Tech for a comment Friday night were unsuccessful.
Journell, who remained a student while suspended, was an honorable mention All-ACC selection last year as a sophomore for the Hokies, making 14 of 17 field goals.