A former Kansas University football player pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges in connection with a May incident when four KU students were held at gunpoint.
Jamal Greene, 23, entered the pleas to aggravated burglary and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors dismissed four other charges in the case.
Greene’s attorney, Joshua Allen, told District Judge Paula Martin in court the two sides would likely argue at sentencing whether Greene should be given probation or a prison sentence.
The four students at an October preliminary hearing testified that two men wearing black ski masks and armed with what appeared to be handguns entered a unit at Tuckaway Apartments, 2600 W. Sixth St., at 1:30 a.m. May 14 and forced them to the ground.
Co-defendant Vernon Brooks, 23, another former KU football player, pleaded no contest to aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in January.
Prosecutors and police allege Greene and Brooks entered the apartment because they thought they could steal drugs and money from a back bedroom. Brooks was dismissed from the KU football team last spring before the incident, and Greene was kicked off the team the day he was arrested in this case.
Greene, 23, of Kansas City, Kan., played football last fall for MidAmerica Nazarene University of Olathe.
Martin told Greene during Thursday’s hearing if he has a minimal criminal history record he faced a maximum sentence of nearly three years in prison on the aggravated burglary count and seven months on the aggravated assault count.
Greene could also fall within what is called a “border box” where the defense could ask for probation in the case.
Martin said he would have to register as a violent offender because a firearm was used. At the preliminary hearing, a detective testified Greene told him he used a semiautomatic weapon he owned and claimed it was not loaded.
Martin is scheduled to sentence Brooks March 3 and Greene on April 1. Both men remain free on bond.