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One charge has been reduced and the other dismissed in the case against BYU cornerback Michael Davis for his role in a dispute over a parking space at a Provo apartment complex last summer.
Davis, a junior from Glendale, Calif., who has started all five games for the Cougars this season, pleaded no contest on Oct. 1 to a Class B misdemeanor assault charge that had been reduced from a Class A misdemeanor charge.
A Class B misdemeanor charge of riot against Davis was dismissed.
According to court documents, Davis must pay a fine of $250, plus interest, by April 1, 2016. He was placed on probation for one year and must complete an anger management class. The documents state that Davis has already completed 30 hours of community service.
According to the police report, Davis, 20, was cited shortly after 7 p.m. on July 29 at the Old Mill Apartments where he had allegedly gotten into an altercation with a male of similar age over a parking spot.
That male, who had summoned a towing company to get Davis' vehicle removed from the parking space, pressed charges after allegedly suffering "visible injuries on his neck" that did not require medical attention when police arrived on the scene.
Davis was issued a citation at the scene but not taken into custody. He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in August.
According to the online Legal Dictionary, defendants plead "no contest" when there has been a plea bargain in which the defendant does not want to say he or she is guilty but accepts the sentence recommended by the prosecutor in exchange for not contesting the charge.