Former Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson pleaded guilty Monday to conversion, a Class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 30 days in St. Joseph County Jail, 25 hours of community service and 180 days probation.
Stepherson was arrested Dec. 15, 2017 for shoplifting a pair of $59 Nautica sweatpants from the Macy’s at the University Park Mall, Mishawaka.
Stepherson still faces charges of marijuana possession, speeding and driving without a valid driver’s license in Marshall County, stemming from a traffic stop the day before the University Park incident. The speeding and driver’s license charges were dismissed Dec. 18, but the Jacksonville, Fla. athlete had a May 1 hearing for the marijuana charged that he missed.
Stepherson’s excuse? He was serving a 180-day sentence in Fulton County Jail for violating probation on a marijuana possession charge from August 2016. The hearing for the December 2017 marijuana possession charge has been pushed to July 5, with sentencing expected then.
Stepherson was one of five Notre Dame football players to be arrested following a Aug. 19, 2016 stop in Fulton County. He was charged with marijuana possession and pleaded guilty March 8, 2017. Stepherson was given a conditional discharge on June 22, 2017. If he could avoid breaking the law for a year, the judge would dismiss the charge.
That obviously did not happen. On Jan. 10, Stepherson’s probation was revoked. The judge sentenced him March 13 to 180 days in jail, with credit for the 43 days he already had served.
C.J. Holmes, who was arrested alongside Stepherson in the shoplifting incident, could have his misdemeanor conversion charge dropped July 2 if he remains out of trouble.
CONEY PLACED ON PROBATION
Linebacker Te’von Coney was sentenced to a one-year probation term Tuesday, 669 days after he, Stepherson and three others were arrested in Fulton County.
The South Bend Tribune reported the resolution. This guilty plea will not affect Coney’s ability to play for the Irish during his final season this fall.
Coney was the last of the five to be sentenced for their crimes.
- Running back Dexter Williams and cornerback Ashton White both pleaded guilty to the marijuana possession charge on Nov. 1, 2016. Both received a dismissal of the charge Dec. 7, 2017 after successfully completing the conditions of their conditional discharge. White left the Irish football team in July 2017, and announced last month that he will exhaust his eligibility with the Buffalo Bulls as a graduate transfer.
- Safety Max Redfield faced misdemeanor charges of both marijuana possesion and possession of a handgun. He also pleaded guilty Nov. 1, 2016, but failed a drug test the following month. He was sentenced to one year of probation in March 2017; he was formally released April 17.
Redfield was separated from the university, played his final year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, got a NFL minicamp invite, and graduated from Notre Dame.
There's a happy ending for former #NDFB safety Max Redfield. He's earned a bachelor of arts degree from the university, according to the commencement program.— Jude (@andrewwinn) June 3, 2018
Redfield was just six credits short when he was banned from Notre Dame's campus following a 2016 felony handgun charge. pic.twitter.com/xRLPaKB4f7