U-M WR Robinson pleads to misdemeanor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan wide receiver Jerald Robinson pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor malicious destruction of property charge in the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor.

Robinson, 20, agreed to plead guilty under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which is a guilty plea without a conviction so he would not have a criminal record.

Robinson, who according to the police report was driving a gray Dodge Charger, broke a parking gate at 351 S. Fifth Avenue, which is a parking lot owned by Republic Parking, on Feb. 4.

“I lifted the parking gate,” Robinson told the court. “Lifted it to the point where it was broke.”

The maximum penalty for the charge is one year in jail and $2,000 fine or three times the amount of destruction, which his attorney, Douglas Lewis, estimated at about $414. Lewis said in court, though, that restitution in the matter was still open.

The case report obtained through an open records request said Michael Bandy, the operations assistant manager for Republic Parking, deemed the damages at $414.40, including $389.40 in “unrecoverable revenue” and $25 for “gate repair.”

Robinson, a redshirt sophomore who is expected to contend for a starting wide receiver position in the fall, is next due in court for sentencing on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

Michigan begins practicing for the 2012 football season today.