Suspended Virginia Tech walk-on football players Josh Trimble and Brian Rody were found guilty of an amended charge of misdemeanor destruction of property in Montgomery County General District Court on Thursday, nearly two months after being arrested.
Trimble, 20, and Rody, 19, had their charge reduced from manufacturing and detonating an explosive device. They entered a not guilty plea on the amended charge but were found guilty by the judge, who gave them a 30 days suspended sentence and ordered them to do 100 hours of community service.
The two were arrested Dec. 2 and charged with a Class 5 felony. Police were called to a Blacksburg residence after getting a report of an explosion near an occupied apartment. Their attorney, Jimmy Turk, said the incident involved a soda bottle and other materials and was a “prank” the two were playing on a female friend. They were released from Montgomery County Jail the following morning on $2,500 secured bonds.
Both Trimble and Rody were suspended indefinitely from the football team, per university policy. Now that the felony charge is resolved, any reinstatement would be up to athletic director Jim Weaver.
Trimble, a redshirt freshman linebacker from Ashburn, played in 11 games last year, getting most of his work as a special teams gunner. He made 13 tackles and recovered a fumble on a muffed punt against Florida State.
Rody, a quarterback also from Ashburn, joined the team in 2011. He redshirted last season and worked on the scout team.
Reporter Tonia Moxley has the full story in the newspaper here.