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MSU's Williams faces weapons charge, suspended

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Delton Williams

East Lansing – Michigan State sophomore running back Delton Williams has been suspended indefinitely from team-related activities, the school announced Tuesday, hours before he was charged with brandishing a weapon in public.

Williams, 21 of Erie, Pa., was arraigned at 54-B District Court in East Lansing on the misdemeanor charge punishable by up to 90 days in jail. Williams pleaded not guilty to the charge before Judge Richard Ball and a pretrial date was set for 9 a.m. April 15. He was released on $500 personal recognizance bond.

Williams was involved in a road-rage incident at about 7:30 p.m. Monday on Farm Lane and Red Cedar Road on the Michigan State campus, MSU Police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said.

McGlothian-Taylor said another driver honked at Williams, who displayed a weapon "but did not point it at the other driver."

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio issued a simple, one-sentence statement that said, "Delton Williams has been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities."

Williams has a permit to carry the gun in Michigan, court documents show. However, if he carried the gun into campus facilities, he could possibly be in violation of MSU Board of Trustee bylaws, which state:

"Except as permitted by state law regulating firearms, no person shall possess any firearm or weapon anywhere upon property governed by the Board. Persons residing on property governed by the Board shall store any and all firearms and weapons with the Department of Police and Public Safety."

Williams was charged with misdemeanor drug possession in 2012 while a senior at Cathedral Prep High School in Erie. The charge was later dropped.

Entering his junior season, Williams was expected to compete for the starting running back job with spring practice set to begin next Tuesday. He ran for 316 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, primarily in a backup role behind Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill.

This is the second arrest for the Michigan State football team in recent weeks. Wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was arrested Feb. 28 after being charged with drunken and disorderly conduct and obstructing, resisting, hindering or assaulting a police officer. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Thursday in 54-B District Court.