Ex-Spartans King, Corley, Vance in court Wednesday

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Josh King

Three former Michigan State football players will be in an Ingham County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance are scheduled for pretrial conferences at 8:30 a.m. in 30th Circuit Court before Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

All three were dismissed from the football team on June 5 when they were each charged following an alleged sexual assault that occurred on campus in January 2017.

In October, the trio was offered plea deals during a Cobbs hearing. In those hearings, a judge may tell defendants what sentences they could likely receive if they enter a plea to their charges. However, a judge can decide whether to follow those recommendations at sentencing. When that happens, defendants have the right to withdraw their pleas and the case is set for trial.

King, 19, of Darien, Ill., was charged with a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and a count of capturing an image of an unclothed person. The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge carried a penalty of up to life in prison.

Meanwhile, Corley, 19, and Vance, 20, both of Detroit, were charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

Police accused King of sexually assaulting a woman in a bathroom during a Jan. 16 party in MSU’s University Village apartments.

All three have signed to play football next season at Coahoma Community College in Mississippi. On Jan. 23, Corley and Vance had stipulations to modify their bonds in order to attend Coahoma approved by Aquilina.