UO athletes to enter diversion program after airsoft gun shooting

Jamal Hill (Left) and Desmond James

If the diversion program is successfully completed, the last remaining charge will be dropped for both.

Posted: Sep 7, 2021 3:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Two University of Oregon football players arrested after an airsoft gun shooting in downtown Eugene will enter into a diversion program.

Desmond James, 20, of Mobile, Alabama, and Jamal Hill, 20, of Eugene appeared in Eugene Municipal Court on Tuesday virtually.

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All counts were dismissed except for one count each of recklessly endangering.

If James and Hill successfully complete the deferred prosecution program, the one remaining charge will also be dismissed for each of them.

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The two are expected to be back in court on Oct. 10, 2022, which is also the deadline for each to pay a $300 fine.

Officials say the diversion program includes 40 hours of community service, forfeiting any airsoft guns, a ban on owning any deadly or dangerous weapons, continued counseling and a requirement that they not commit any similar offenses.

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