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Crime & Courts

2nd former Wheaton College football player pleads guilty in hazing case

Kyler Kregel, 22, of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1 of 5 players charged

WHEATON – A second former Wheaton College football player has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery as part of a plea agreement in a 2016 hazing incident.

As part of a plea agreement, Kyler Kregel, 22, of Grand Rapids, Mich., was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, and he is required to pay a $250 anti-crime fee and perform 100 hours of community service, including 25 hours of speaking to youth about the dangers of hazing. In return, nine felony charges were dropped against him.

The agreement is identical to the one reached with former Wheaton College football player Noah Spielman – the son of former NFL player Chris Spielman – who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in March.

Kregel and Spielman along with James Cooksey of Jacksonville, Fla.; Samuel TeBos of Allendale, Mich.; and Benjamin Pettway of Lookout Mount, Ga., had been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint in the March 19, 2016, incident.

The victim alleges he was injured during the incident, causing him to undergo two shoulder surgeries and prematurely ending his football career. The victim reported receiving serious injuries when he was attacked by five members of the team and left in a field with his limbs secured with tape.

"He was attacked by the suspects in a dorm room where he was subdued with tape," Wheaton Deputy Police Chief William Murphy previously said in an email. "His arms and legs were bound and a hood placed over his head. During this [time] his shoulders were injured. They dropped him off in a nearby baseball field."

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