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Player pleads guilty to 1 felony

February 20, 2006

MSU football player Cole Corey plead guilty to a single count of possession of a controlled substance in the Lenawee County Circuit Court on Feb. 9.

The redshirt sophomore safety faced 13 various felony counts, including five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, but the other 12 counts will be dismissed under the plea bargain.

As part of the plea, Corey must also testify against former Tecumseh High School track coach Matthew Peterson. Peterson faces 32 charges, including 10 misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Both Corey's and Peterson's charges stem from alleged offenses that occurred at a party at Peterson's home while Corey was a Tecumseh High School student in 2002 where he was a two-year starter on the football team and competed in track and field.

Corey's remaining drug possession charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

In 2005, Corey appeared in 11 games for the Spartans, registering six tackles and returning one kick on special teams. As a freshman, he was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Sentencing is set for April 13, and the football team will wait until then to make any decisions regarding Corey's future.

"In our mind, we said, 'Let the legal process work itself out,' and that's until the sentencing stage," said John Lewandowski, MSU sports information director and director of communications.

Corey's attorney declined to comment on the case and the prosecuting attorney did not return several phone calls.

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