Charges reduced for Florida freshmen WRs Cleveland, Wells

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida freshmen Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells are now facing misdemeanor charges for firing BB guns inside a residence hall in July.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said Tuesday that felony charges against Cleveland and Wells were reduced to criminal mischief, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Cervone said each player caused a little less than $1,000 in damage during the incident, prompting the reduction. Both receivers were initially charged by police with causing more than $1,000 in property damage – a third-degree felony – and a second-degree felony for shooting a missile inside an occupied dwelling.

Cervone said the reduced charges are ''more reflective of what they were doing.''

Coach Jim McElwain suspended Cleveland and Wells for the team's season opener against UMass, but they have rejoined the team and could play in Florida's Southeastern Conference opener against Kentucky on Saturday.

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