JMU Students Plead Guilty in Snowball Case

April 8, 2010

Two James Madison University students will spend 12 months on probation and eight hours picking up litter for throwing snowballs at a snowplow and an unmarked police cruiser.

Ryan William Knight and Charles Joseph Gill also must submit letters of apology to the officers involved in the case.

Knight and Gill were sentenced Wednesday after they pleaded guilty in Rockingham County General District Court to playing in a roadway, a misdemeanor.

Each 21-year-old student originally was charged with throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle, a felony. The charges were reduced under a deal with prosecutors.

The incident occurred Feb. 6 following a storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the Shenandoah Valley.

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