DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 17-year-old prep football star has started his jail sentence in the body-slamming of a security officer at his Detroit high school.
Jayru Campbell’s lawyer Jeff Edison told the Detroit Free Press that his client turned himself in Monday. He’ll be staying with other teens at the Wayne County Jail, quarantined from adult inmates.
Campbell was sentenced in May to 60 days in jail after earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault. His jail sentence was delayed so he could finish summer school classes.
Campbell’s record could be expunged if he meets certain terms, such as attending counseling and anger management classes, passing drug tests and completing 75 hours of community service.
Campbell admitted that he slammed a security officer at Cass Technical High School head-first on Jan. 22 after refusing to pull a hood off his head. The confrontation was recorded on video.
“I apologize to the security guard, Robert, for my actions on January 22, 2014. It was not my intention to cause the pain and injuries that you have suffered — I am sorry,” Campbell said in a statement during sentencing. “My split-second actions have impacted both of our lives and our families. I have learned more than I expected to learn from this incident. With the support of family, friends, as well as professionals, I am better able to channel my emotions and to respond better to intense situations.”
Campbell led Cass Tech to state championships in 2011 and 2012. Cass Tech football coach Thomas Wilcher told the Free Press he’s yet not sure if Campbell will miss any games in the fall because of his sentence.
“I think he has learned a lot,” Wilcher added.
Campbell had verbally committed to play for Michigan State University prior to the body slamming incident, but has since changed his mind.
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