Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 14, 2014

Former Concord University football players plead guilty to conspiracy

PRINCETON — Two former Concord University football players pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of conspiracy in connection with a Nov. 15, 2013 home invasion in the Athens area.

Riyahd A. Richardson, 22, of Athens, and Russell Bailey, 22, of Beckley, were indicted last year by the Mercer County Grand Jury on charges of robbery first degree, unlawful assault, wanton endangerment, and conspiracy. As part of a plea agreement reached with the state, both Bailey and Richardson pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope.

They face a possible prison sentence of one to five years. Sentencing was set for July 22. At that time, Swope will determine whether to accept the pleas. Both remain free on bond until sentencing.

A third defendant in the case, Miricco R. Sanders, 22, of Wellford, N.C., and also a former member of the university football team, also appeared in court Wednesday, but his hearing was continued until June 17 in order to give him time to consult with his attorneys.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John McGinnis said Sanders has indicated he wants to enter a plea.

A fight ensued at the residence during the home invasion and the victims had to be hospitalized, according to earlier reports by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. A firearm was present in the residence, but it was not discharged during the fight. The victims reported that money and a gun were taken from the residence.

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