FARGO, N.D. (AP) A starting linebacker at North Dakota State was given a suspended 10-day jail sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to resisting a police officer in connection with an early-morning brawl outside a downtown Fargo restaurant.
State court records show Travis Beck, 21, was also placed on unsupervised probation for a year.
Beck's attorney, Bruce Quick, told the Fargo Forum the plea agreement allows Beck to put his legal woes behind him and avoids a trial which would have likely interfered with the Bison football season.
The misdemeanor charge carried a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail.
"I know Mr. Beck was anxious to put all this behind him," said attorney Mark Friese, who entered Beck's guilty plea in court on Monday. "This was a relief for him . to accept responsibility and to put it behind him."
The charge stemmed from a fight in early June in which police said Beck knocked a man unconscious. Prosecutors had previously dismissed a more serious charge of felony aggravated assault after concluding there was no proof Beck started the altercation.
The 6-foot, 212-pound native of Munich, N.D., is a two-year starter for the two-time Football Championship Subdivision champions. He was the most valuable player in the 2012 FCS championship game.
Beck has been in trouble with the law before. He was fined $325 and sentenced to 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to misdemeanor underage drinking in July 2012. Prosecutors dropped a charge of resisting arrest as part of that plea agreement.