Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes had his day in court Thursday following his April arrest on a malicious wounding charge following a fight near campus.
That charge is a felony, but Thursday it was reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery. Holmes was sentenced to a 12 month suspended jail sentence and placed on one year of probation. He was also ordered to pay $13,403 in restitution.
Holmes could be reinstated to the football team at the discretion of athletic director Jim Weaver. One of the victims in the case, Kierra Barnes has filed a $25,000 civil suit against Holmes for surgery on her nose as a result of the incident.
Holmes started five games last season, scoring four touchdowns.