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Tue February 14, 2012
Washington pleads guilty to assault, will serve no extra time
Former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend.
Washington had been scheduled for trial next week. He did not appear today in Boone County Circuit Court for a scheduled preliminary hearing, and a lawyer entered the plea on his behalf. The plea follows a September 2011 felony conviction for the off-campus sexual assault of a former Missouri athletics tutor. Washington was sentenced in December to five years in prison in that case but could be released as soon as next month if he successfully completes a 120-day "shock incarceration" program for first-time offenders. The former Tigers team captain won't serve any additional time. The 90-day sentence handed down by Circuit Judge Kevin Crane will run concurrently with the felony sentence.