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3 college football players charged with robbery in Illinois

Many Lake Charles and other Illinois college football players enjoy a certain amount of fame and prestige on their respective campuses. From cheerleaders to fans, faculty and other students, star players are often recognized wherever they go. Players have to keep up their grade point averages and remain in good standing with school administration in order to hold their spots on their teams. Three players at the University of Illinois have their work cut out for them in that respect because they've all been accused of robbery.

On a recent Wednesday, they were arrested and charged with armed robbery and home invasion. The three student athletes might wind up missing quite a few practices and games, or even end their careers if circumstances don't play out favorably. Criminal defense strategies are often key to successful outcomes in such cases.

At least one of the football players was slated for a starting position in the upcoming season. Authorities now say the three teammates entered a college apartment wearing masks and demanded money from those inside. One is said to have wielded a fake firearm during the incident.

Someone apparently recognized the football players by voice even though their facial identities were concealed. The Fighting Illini football coach says the team would never tolerate such actions from its players. At this point in time, there is no proof that these three individuals committed the acts of which they are accused. Anyone Illinois accused of robbery or other crimes similar to those filed against these three students must decide whether to go it alone in court or act alongside experienced and aggressive legal representation to increase their chances of avoiding conviction and protect their legal rights in the process.

Source: bleacherreport.com, "Darta Lee, HoJo Watkins, Zarrian Holcombe Arrested After Alleged Home Robbery", Mike Chiari, Accessed on May 25, 2017

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