May 30th, 2014 at 4:43 PM ^

Hell, he's still 17. I don't know anything about Michigan criminal law, but in Ohio he's still a juvenile. I'm a delinquency prosecutor in Ohio and I routinely have kids adjudicated of Felonious Assault (second degree Felony in Ohio) get probation. In Ohio, if you're convicted of an offense that occurred prior to you turning 18 you can't even be held in a facility for adults. You can only be held in a juvenile detention center. I wish they would send some of these kids to county jail for 60 days, but the laws regarding juveniles are a lot more sympathetic.

Ali G Bomaye

May 30th, 2014 at 10:15 AM ^

"He said the incident taught him more than he could have expected and if it were to happen again he would be sure to handle it in a non-assaultive manner."

Well, I suppose that's about the least we could expect.


May 30th, 2014 at 10:18 AM ^

"Jayru Campbell, the 17-year-old Cass Technical High School junior quarterback accepted a plea deal that will likely keep him out of jail and his criminal record clean, so long as he abides to the court requirements."

Followed by

"...Jayru Campbell to serve 60 days jail Friday.

The sentence will begin July 28, after Campbell finishes summer school to make up time he missed because of the incident, with 3 days served."

They seem to be contradicting themselves a bit and it makes the terms of the plea deal unclear.

Everyone Murders

May 30th, 2014 at 10:19 AM ^

That's a pretty serious sentence for a first offence.  I wonder if the judge exceeded the prosecutor's recommended sentence because Campbell's apology came in in under 30 seconds.

Going beyond the recommendation of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Wayne Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny ordered 17-year-old Cass Technical High School football standout Jayru Campbell to serve 60 days jail Friday.

Campbell also got 15 months probation and 75 hours of community service.  Given the violence of the offence, it seems to be on the stiff side of fair, but still pretty fair.  With luck, he'll get anger management counselling and turn his life around - he's got a lot of life to live.

And of course we will all watch to see how/if MSU reacts (I suppose they are constrained from commenting due to him not having signed an LOI yet).


May 30th, 2014 at 10:23 AM ^

reaction, I would guess there'll be no repercussions since he wasn't enrolled or part of MSU's team at the time. Not that there would be repercussions had he been enrolled or a member of the team anyway. What was that RB's name? Winston or something? The one Graham killed on that memorable play a few years back. Didn't he pop out of jail and go right into uniform and onto the field?

Everyone Murders

May 30th, 2014 at 10:33 AM ^

You've got it right.  In what MSU fans often depict as a fight, it appears that Winston assaulted (from behind) and nearly killed MSU hockey player A.J. Sturges.  Sturges's statement on the incident is one of the reasons I can't stand MSU football - Winston caused Sturges tremendous harm and cost him his hockey career, and was still put on the practice field straight from jail. 

It's worth reading the whole statement, but here's an excerpt:

Last October, I was assaulted by Glenn Winston. This was not a fight, or a disagreement. I was in bed in my room and came downstairs after hearing the commotion caused by three cars pulling up filled with screaming and violent people. I was standing in my front yard trying to figure out what was going on when Glenn Winston punched me in the head from the side. I never saw him. I did not have any chance to protect myself at all. Neither did his other victims.

That night, I received a fractured skull, five stitches inside my mouth, and a subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain. I was not involved in a college fight, as this story is perceived. After having nothing to do with any events that occurred earlier that night, I was attacked in my own house.

As a hockey player, I know what a fight is. What happened that night was not a fight. What happened was a violent crime. Pure and simple.

Everyone Murders

May 30th, 2014 at 10:43 AM ^

I agree that a harsh punishment is appropriate.  I'm just pleased (and mildly surprised) that the judge actually applied one.  Apparently the judge never got the memo that Campbell is supposed to get special treatment, and I applaud him for having the backbone to go beyond the prosecutor's recommendation (and the judgment to not hammer Campbell either).  It seems like a well-tempered decision, falling on the harsher side of fair (but fair all-the-same).

I am still curious as to how Campbell got back into Cass Tech after the incident, in apparent violation of DPS rules.   Between that and Campbell's playoff fight (resulting in a slap on the wrist), I am glad to see the judge recognize the need to levy a meaningful punishment on Campbell.  From a distance it seems he's been given too many "free passes" so far, and those free passes aren't really helping him.


May 30th, 2014 at 10:56 AM ^

Not sure about how he was allowed back into Cass Tech either, but at least for this case, the full quote from Timothy Kenny was in the DetNews piece and I fully agree with it:

“Mr. Campbell’s regrettable lack of self-control and his violent response to legitimate school authority has to be sanctioned,” Kenny said. “No matter who you are.”

I hope this means the judge got the memo and didn't care, because that seems to me even better. 


May 30th, 2014 at 9:43 PM ^

fault because the security guard supposedly was giving him a hard time before this happened.

Ok so instead of going to someone he body slammed the security guard and was justified. I don't think the judge agreed with that based on the sentence. Someone at Cass Tech should be held accountable for violating state law. I would like to know how a school security guard gets Campbell's phone number to text threats.




May 30th, 2014 at 10:43 AM ^

Yeah..that didnt make sense. They waited until July 28th so he could finish summer school (which was to make up time missed)..then sentenced him 60 days so he could miss the first month of school. It seems like a 30 day sentence would have been better..both recognizing the severity but allowing him to get back to his life with start of school in the fall.


May 30th, 2014 at 10:48 AM ^

I went to the high school where the kid ripped the helmet off another player and proceeded to smash him in the head with it and there are two things I learned from that. Good athletes don't get the same treatment as regular students and second is some colleges don't take kindly to that kind of behavior. The kid lost his full ride to a division 1 baseball school because of the charges. He only got 100 hours of community service for the incident but at least it was something.

On a side note Pitt has given him a scholarship so all is not lost for someone who made a bad choice in the heat of the moment.

True Blue Grit

May 30th, 2014 at 10:52 AM ^

in the video, he got what he deserved.  It's a minor miracle the security guard wasn't severely injured.  Hopefully for Campbell, it will turn his life around and not lead to further bad choices.  


May 30th, 2014 at 10:59 AM ^

What is up with the pigtails?  I can see why he wouldn't want to rock and unkempt fro to his sentencing hearing but pigtails?  The dreadlock ponytail is a better look IMO.


May 30th, 2014 at 4:26 PM ^

I'm pretty sure that if I body-slammed Mary Sue Coleman on the Diag the way Campbell did his victim, I'd be getting a lot more than 60 days.



May 30th, 2014 at 3:20 PM ^

I have not followed the Jayru incident closely other than to have seen the video and noted that sparty has not withdrawn the scholarship offer as of yet... Here's my question... the video of the incident seems to follow the kid for several seconds until, finally, the bodyslam takes place.  It seems as thought the person taking the video knew full well something worth taping was about to happen ie. full premeditation, hoody or no hoody.  Has there ever been a discussion or explanation of this? 


May 30th, 2014 at 4:58 PM ^

I have to imagine MSU will pull the scholarship offer at least for now, but like most college teams they'll welcome the kid back if (a) they need a QB/player like him, and (b) he stays out of trouble and the PR dies down.  I don't think a first strike should necessarily preclude a kid's future, even something as violent and disturbing as this, and while I think Hoke would probably think twice I also don't think any school is so high-and-mighty that they'd act differently than MSU.


May 30th, 2014 at 5:24 PM ^

The media doesn't give two shits about this or Payne/Appling. They're still crucifying Taylor Lewan for a fight with a rival fan and something he may have said 6 years ago.