After serving as Virginia Tech’s starting running back in the Hokies’ recent 2013 Spring Game, Michael Holmes has been arrested on two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding, according to the Washington Post.
A press release issued by the Blacksburg police department said officers were called to the 200 block of College Ave. near campus for a fight in progress at 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning. The ensuing investigation led to Holmes’s arrest.
The release said one victim was transported to LewisGale Medical Center for treatment of an unspecified injury. Two other victims were treated at the scene.
Malicious wounding is considered a class 3 felony in Virginia and is described as attempting to “maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.” According to Virginia Tech athletic department rules, any student athlete charged with a felony is indefinitely suspended until the charge is resolved.
If convicted of a felony, Holmes would be kicked off the football team. A class 3 felony in Virginia carries a jail sentence of five to 20 years and a fine of up to $100,000.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer was forced to endure one of the worst seasons of his Hokies’ coaching career in 2013. Va. Tech went 7-6 after posting at least 10 wins in every year going all the way back to 2003.
One of the major building blocks Beamer was set to lean upon as the program worked to return to the ACC’s elite in 2013 was Holmes. However, not only must Beamer be worried about losing his top running back, but Holmes himself is going to have to worry about staying out of prison.
As a freshman, in 2012, Holmes rushed for 280 yards on 70 carries for a 4.0 yards per carry average with four touchdowns.