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Two University of Montana football players pleaded no contest Tuesday to disorderly conduct charges stemming from a loud party in October.

Quarterback Gerald Kemp and cornerback Trumaine Johnson were both tased as police attempted to break up the party at Johnson's off-campus apartment.

The two student athletes, both 21, originally were charged with assault, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer, all misdemeanors. Those charges were dropped Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.

The incident triggered a mandatory internal investigation by the Missoula Police Department into the use of force by its officers at the Oct. 23 party. Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir will review the results of that report at a news conference Wednesday morning in City Council Chambers.

Neither Johnson nor Kemp attended Tuesday morning's hearing in Missoula Municipal Court. Attorney Darla Keck, of Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind, entered the pleas on their behalf.

Judge Kathleen Jenks fined each man $100, with a $103 surcharge.

"The net effect is that the disorderly conduct will be on their records," said Andrew Scott, chief prosecuting attorney for the Missoula City Attorney's Office.

Each man was sentenced to 10 days in jail, with that time suspended under conditions that include an order not to commit any other offenses for six months. If that order is violated, the jail sentence could kick in, Scott said.

The two were arrested after someone called 9-1-1 to report a loud party at Johnson's North Russell Street apartment hours after the Grizzlies arrived home from a game with Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Kemp was tased after allegedly hitting an officer in the chest, police said. Johnson, who tried to come to Kemp's aid, was tased when he resisted officers' attempts to get him on the ground, according to police.

Each player sat out a quarter of the Grizzlies' game the next weekend with Weber State.

Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio

@missoulian.com or CopsAndCourts.com.

 

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