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Jefferson faces simple battery charge; Miles will take questions

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 6:16pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The Grand Jury dropping charges against LSU football player Josh Johns on Wednesday, Sept. 28. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, however, still faces a reduced charge of simple battery, which is a misdemeanor offense.

A full day of testimony today in downtown Baton Rouge. Reserve linebacker Josh Johns testified just before noon for about an hour.

Several other football players testifying today. Earlier this evening, Jordan Jefferson answered questions from the Grand Jury as well. Tonight, LSU Coach Les Miles will face a series of questions from the public, as well as local media.

Les Miles was scheduled to speak at a press conference on the LSU campus. It's his regularly weekly press conference before a weekend game. That press conference has been moved to eight p.m. He'll answer questions after his radio show, which is set to start at 7:00 p.m.

The big question now is what's next?

Josh Johns has been cleared of any charges.

Jordan Jefferson still has a misdemeanor to answer to. The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor rests with the penalty and the length of imprisonment. The dividing line between felonies and misdemeanors is not whether someone committed a particular crime, but whether the person may be punished for a certain length of time or in a specific type of prison. A misdemeanor is generally a crime that is punishable for a year or less in prison, or only in a parish or local jail.

No word on when Jefferson’s case will move to the courtroom. If convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.


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