LSU star player chooses diversion program instead of trial
BATON ROUGE- LSU defensive back, Jalen Mills, enrolled in a pretrial program after being arrested for simple assault.
Mills didn't utter a word as he left court today. He is accused of punching a woman last may at an apartment complex near LSU's campus last May.
He was originally arrested for felony battery, but the charge was later reduced.
The terms of Mills pretrial program state he must complete 30 hours of community service, remain drug and arrest free, and speak to at risk children about the importance of education. He also must comply with random drug tests, complete a psychology test, and either remain a full-time student at LSU or have a full-time job. It was also ordered that Mills pay outstanding medical bills for the victim.
His attorney, Brent Stockstill maintained his client's innocence.
"Had we gone to trial, Jalen would have been found not guilty, so we get the same result," Stockstill said. "That's why we are entering the pretrial diversion program."
District Attorney Hillar Moore said Mills was handled like any other defendant who comes through court.
"We divert so many people on simple battery cases and first offense cases," Moore said. "Our goal is to make everybody whole on both sides, and this would not happen without consent of the victim."
Mills is due back in court in one year.