Former Tulsa star athlete found guilty
Wednesday, February 8th 2006, 10:21 am
By: News On 6
A Tulsa jury debated late into the night Wednesday the case of a former OSU football star accused of assaulting a security guard.
The jury found Prentiss Elliot guilty of misdemeanor assault, after a fight at high school basketball game.
6 in the Morning reporter Omar Villafranca says 21-year old Prentiss Elliot was found guilty of assaulting Josh Martin. Martin is a Tulsa police officer and was working security at the basketball game. At the time of the incident, Martin was in his police uniform.
During the trial, Elliot's attorney's hinted that race played a card in the fight. After 3 1/2 hours of deliberating, the jury sided with Martin.
Elliot won't have to go to jail, but was fined $250.
Elliotâ€™s attorney Richard O'Carroll: â€œwe're pleased. This is way better than the state of Oklahoma ever offered Mr. Elliot. It's a victory. And we also have an appeal which we will prosecute."
Elliot's punishment could have been worse, he could have gone to jail for a year and faced a $1,000 fine.
Elliot didn't speak on camera after the verdict was released. But he told the News on 6 that he's glad it's all over and now he plans on finishing school, but wouldn't say where.