March 18, 2009

Report: Northridge players face trial

A judge says there is sufficient evidence for two Cal-Northridge players to face trial on felony theft and burglary charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Neither Robert Braswell, 22, the son of Northridge Coach Bobby Braswell, nor Deon Tresvant, the Matador's leading scorer at the time, have played since their arrests. They did they travel with the team to Kansas City, the site of its first-round NCAA tournament Thursday afternoon against second-seeded Memphis at the West Region.

At the end of a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sanjay T. Kumar denied attorneys' motions that charges against two other defendants -- actor Phannuel Gbewonyo, 28, and freshman guard Dallas Rutherford -- be reduced to misdemeanors.

Braswell, who was an employee at a Best Buy, allegedly allowed the men to check out without paying for merchandise. He faces the most serious charges and could face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.