LB enters pre-trial diversion program
University of Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan, who was arrested in March on two felony charges of resisting a police officer, will participate in a pre-trial diversion program that will see the charges dropped upon completion, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.
Buchanan, 21, was facing charges of resisting arrest after he was accused of attempting to spit on and head-butt an officer outside a bar in Coconut Grove, Fla., near Miami's campus in Coral Gables on March 18.
The linebacker will be required to complete 100 hours of community service, write letters of apology to the two officers involved and donate $300 to community programs, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Buchanan's attorney, Joseph Rosenbaum, said the linebacker has already written letters of apology to both officers and visited one of them to apologize in person. Buchanan also has completed some of his community service with the Miami Police Department, according to Rosenbaum.
"He has remorse for what happened and he's relieved it's coming to an end," Rosenbaum said. "It's a life-learning experience that he will grow from.
"Ray's a good person that had a bad day," Rosenbaum added. "This could have happened to anybody. It's totally out of character for him. He's a good student. He's quiet. He's motivated. He's a good guy."
Miami football coach Al Golden reinstated Buchanan to the team on April 7. He had been indefinitely suspended four days after his arrest.