Holley pleads guilty to criminal mischief


Defendant and former Kent State football player Nate Holley gives his testimony during day two of the Ohio v. Nathan Holley trial at the Portage County Municipal Courthouse in Ravenna, Ohio, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Henry Palattella

The felony charges of intimidation, witness intimidation and stalking brought against former Kent State football player Nate Holley in February were dropped Monday after the state asked for a dismissal.

Holley — who was found not guilty for charges of kidnapping and felonious assault on Feb. 9 — pleaded guilty to criminal mischief last Wednesday. According to documents filed in the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the two charges were the main reason the state asked for the charges to be dismissed.

Holley’s guilty plea in the criminal mischief case resulted in a $1,000 fine and 180-day jail sentence, which was suspended on the basis that he doesn’t commit a crime for the next two years, or have no contact with Kent State senior Ceara Tackett, the alleged victim in the kidnapping and felonious assault case.

A previously scheduled criminal pre-trial on Wednesday and a jury trial for next Tuesday are no longer taking place as a result of the court’s decision.

Henry Palattella is the sports editor, contact him at [email protected].