Ex-Wolverine Lewan makes plea deal in assault case

By Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Former Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan has pleaded his three original misdemeanor assault charges down to disorderly person drunk and disturbing the peace.

Lewan had been scheduled for trial on the assault charges stemming from a Dec. 1 incident in the early hours after the Michigan-Ohio State game. But that was canceled after both sides agreed on a resolution for the original charges — one of aggravated assault and two of assault and battery.

Lewan and his lawyer, John Shea, appeared before Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines early Thursday morning at the Washtenaw County Service Center. Hines dismissed the earlier charges per the plea agreement.

He faces sentencing Dec. 15 at 15th District Court in Ann Arbor.

Lewan, now with the Tennessee Titans, and Shea chose not to speak to reporters after the court appearance on Thursday.

During the incident outside of the Brown Jug in Ann Arbor after Michigan lost to Ohio State, Lewan allegedly assaulted Ryan Munsch and James Hughes. Munsch required medical care for minor injuries. Lewan has said in interviews he did not punch anyone and his intent was to break up a fight.

"I had been drinking earlier," Lewan told Hines on Thursday. "I was intoxicated, my brother (Bryce) was in a verbal confrontation with someone. I went into the crowd to get him and in doing so I knocked someone down."

Lewan must pay court fees of $500 apiece for the disorderly and disturbing the peace charges. He must also pay $1,714.68 to Munsch.

At his December sentencing, Lewan is expected to get probation. Shea said in court that Lewan will not face jail as a condition of probation.