NC State

NC State RB Thornton receives deferred prosecution in assault case

Posted August 22, 2013
Updated August 23, 2013

— North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton was given a deferred prosecution ruling Thursday at his court appearance for a charge of assault on a female.

Thornton will undergo monitored counseling and could have the charges dropped upon completion. The court will check in on his counseling status every three months beginning Oct. 2.

Lamb: Thornton has assault charge deferred Lamb: Thornton has assault charge deferred

Thornton was arrested June 6 on campus following an incident the day before. Witnesses told police that they saw the sophomore grab his girlfriend by the arm and push her against the wall in the D.H. Hill Library. He was charged with one count of assault on a female.

Thornton, the leading rusher for NC State a year ago, has been suspended for the team's season opener against Louisiana Tech by first-year head coach Dave Doeren. He has worked out with the team for the entirety of the fall practice session and was made available on the Wolfpack's media day.

Thornton amassed with 694 yards as a freshman while starting just four games. The Hinesville, Ga., native did not play in any of the team's first three games a year ago and fumble issues had him in a backup role as the Wolfpack entered their spring game this season.

The Wolfpack have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Tony Creecy, Thornton and three true freshmen – Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols.

55 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Newest First
View all
  • Wheelman Aug 22, 2013

    Guess he must have a good lawyer or gotten special consideration since he's a NCSU football player. Kind of like PJ got. I guess it works the same at both schools.

  • flagship4ever Aug 22, 2013

    Did this happen in one of those "UNC-Owned" courtrooms we hear so much about from the Abc'ers?

  • caesarrodney1980 Aug 22, 2013

    Deferred until after football season is well underway. What a crock

  • stephdell18 Aug 22, 2013

    UNC football player's Travis Hughes, Eric Ebron, Dan Mastromatteo, Jack Tabb, and Josh Broach all have pending charges according to courts records yet its gone unreported by the local media? Are these players going to be suspended at all by the University? I havent heard Fedora comment yet on these guys....anybody know what's going on? Thanks ahead.

  • bluerules Aug 22, 2013

    My, my, my. Could this be aggie cheats.

  • ponyjumper07 Aug 22, 2013

    I'm sure the fact that his girlfriend, who was the one allegedly assaulted, has gone on twitter stating that she wasn't assaulted, had nothing to do with the deferment.

  • FAN72 Aug 22, 2013

    What it means is if he successfully completes the anger management classes and has no other issues, the charges will be dropped. For a first time offender and misdemeanor charge, this is not at all uncommon nor special treatment. People in the judicial profession tell me this is the normal ruling in such cases. I only have two defense attorneys and one assistant DA in my family so I am basing my comments on their expertise, not my own.

  • Frizz Aug 22, 2013

    PJ should have had his charges dismissed. First time offender with a small amount of weed (which ought to be legal anyway) and he forgot to have his driver's license with him. I have no problem with that. Driving a car rented for him by Fats, while not illegal does raise NCAA questions, but that's a different arguement.

    Assault, especially assualt on a female, is a serious problem that should be dealt with swiftly.

    Thornton's girlfriend didn't press charges? That's interesting.

  • StunGunn Aug 22, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Think she may have been "convinced" not to press charges? I do. If a worker in the library was concerned enough to call the cops, I'd say something happened. And if this is what Thornton does in a public library, I wonder what goes on when they're alone. I know, that's speculation.

    Thornton's "counseling" sounds kinds like PJ's drug class. Apples and oranges, I know. Still shows a trend of athletes not being held accountable for their actions.

  • StunGunn Aug 22, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Totally agree.

More...

 

 

TV
  • NFL: San Diego at Minnesota

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Cincinnati at Jacksonville

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Blitz

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Golf Special: Road to the Ryder Cup

    Sunday, Sep. 4 at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Golf: Deutsche Bank Championship

    Sunday, Sep. 4 at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

NFL Preseason
Thursday, Aug. 25
Atlanta6Final
Miami17
 
Dallas17Final
Seattle27
Friday, Aug. 26
New England19Final
Carolina17
 
Buffalo16Final
Washington21
 
Pittsburgh27Final
New Orleans14
 
Cleveland13Final
Tampa Bay30
 
Green Bay21Final
San Francisco10
Saturday, Aug. 27
Kansas City23Final
Chicago7
 
Detroit9Final
Baltimore30
 
Philadelphia33Final
Indianapolis23
 
NY Giants21Final
NY Jets20
 
Tennessee27Final
Oakland14
 
Los Angeles9Final
Denver17
Sunday, Aug. 28
San Diego 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Minnesota 
 
Arizona 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 北京时间1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
Houston 
 
Cincinnati 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Jacksonville