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Published August 05, 2013, 03:25 PM

Bison LB Beck to plead guilty to resisting arrest charge

FARGO – A starting linebacker with the North Dakota State University football team is set to plead guilty to resisting arrest charges later this month.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – A starting linebacker with the North Dakota State University football team is set to plead guilty to resisting arrest charges later this month.

The guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge would come after prosecutors dropped a more serious felony assault charge against Travis Beck, 21.

Both charges were linked to a brawl outside a down-town Fargo restaurant after bar closing earlier this summer in which police said Beck knocked the other man unconscious.

The more serious charges were dropped by county prosecutors after they said surveillance video from nearby businesses and police cameras showed Beck might have been acting in self-defense. The video also showed four officers converging on Beck after the fight, during which he seems to struggle as they handcuff him.

City prosecutor Jason Loos confirmed that a plea hearing was set in Beck’s case for Aug. 19, but said he did not know if there was a plea deal involved.

Loos said that since Beck has no prior convictions, he is likely to receive a fine and no jail time as part of his sentence.

Beck was recently reinstated to the Bison football team after an indefinite suspension following his aggravated assault charges, according to coach Craig Bohl.

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