BANGOR, Maine — A University of Maine football player who served a two-game suspension after his arrest in May admitted Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center that he illegally possessed alcohol in May.
Micah Wright, 20, of Newark, New York, paid a $300 fine.
The wide receiver originally was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class E crime, after police dealt with a large party on May 4 at an Orono apartment complex that caters to students.
In a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office, that charge was dismissed. Wright instead admitted to a civil violation, considered to be less serious than a criminal charge.
Wright did not address District Court Judge Gregory Campbell in court Monday. The football player, through his attorney, Marvin Glazier of Bangor, declined to be interviewed by the Bangor Daily News.
Campbell, a former prosecutor, called the plea deal “a fair agreement.”
Wright was one of three people, but the only student-athlete, arrested by Orono police during the party at The Reserve, formerly named The Grove.
Even before its scheduled start time of 4 p.m., a crowd of 300 to 400 students had gathered for what had been billed as a pool party at the complex. Officers from University of Maine Public Safety, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police, and the Old Town and Orono police departments arrived at the complex to deal with the situation.
Wright was arrested because of his interactions with other party attendees, not because of how he dealt with police, Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Monday.
His arrest triggered a university investigation to determine if Wright had violated the UMaine student conduct code and the UMaine athletics code of conduct. The results of that inquiry led to his two-game suspension.
Wright started all 11 games last season for UMaine and earned All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team honors. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver ranked fourth in the conference with 61 catches and 818 receiving yards, and his 5.55-yards-per-reception was third best in the league.
The Black Bears’ Offensive Player of the Year also scored five touchdowns and had four games with 100 or more receiving yards.
Wright served his suspension during the first two games of the season, both UMaine losses, and is expected to play Sept. 24 when the Black Bears face the James Madison University Dukes in Orono.
If he had been convicted of disorderly conduct, Wright would have faced up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The minimum fine for the illegal possession of alcohol is $200, and the maximum fine is $400.