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Deirdre Northrup-Riesterer April 17, 2024

Former NMU student pleads guilty to assault

One of two former NMU students will be sentenced Oct. 13 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a fight at Coco’s in Marquette earlier this year.

Leon Hall, 24, plead guilty to one count of aggravated assault against NMU student, Ethan Metras. Hall will be sentenced at 9:40 a.m. on Oct. 13 in Marquette County District Court.

David Hunter, 21, is scheduled for a jury trial to begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 31.

In the Marquette City Police  report, obtained in May by The North Wind through the Freedom of Information Act, Metras said he approached a group of men, including Hall and Hunter, that was surrounding his girlfriend.

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Metras told police he was shoved by one of the men. Metras shoved back, and the fight escalated, resulting in Metras being shoved to the ground and kicked repeatedly, according to the report.

Both Hall and Hunter were students at NMU at the time of the incident. Hall was also part of the NMU football team. Neither men are currently enrolled as students at NMU.

Because the fight occurred off campus, it was investigated by the Marquette City Police, with assistance from NMU Public Safety. The university’s student conduct board also investigated the incident. One of the students was given sanctions in relation to the incident, but the other was not. The university is not disclosing the name of which student was penalized. Assistant Vice President of University Marketing and Communications Derek Hall said the panel viewed and considered all of the evidence.

“No member of the Athletic Department served on the panel that conducted the hearing or rendered the decisions or influenced the panel’s decision,” Hall said.

Hunter and Hall were each charged with one count of aggravated assault on April 19 and both posted $500 bail.

 

 

 

 

This article was changed to reflect the following correction:

The university’s student conduct board also investigated the incident. One of the students was given sanctions in relation to the incident, but the other was not. The university is not disclosing the name of which student was penalized.

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