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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Virginia Tech K Cody Journell charged with felony, suspended indefinitely

Updated post: Cody Journell is denied bail at preliminary hearing.

Virginia Tech place kicker Cody Journell was arrested Wednesday night for breaking and entering and charged with a class 2 felony because of the alleged use of a dangerous weapon, the Blacksburg police department announced Thursday morning in a news release.

Journell, a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore from Ripplemead, Va., is one of three men charged in the alleged home invasion. All three are currently being held without bail at the Montgomery County (Va.) jail, according to the release.

The warrant for Journell’s address said that he and two others were breaking into the off-campus dwelling of Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and Sean Allen. The warrant said the act was “over some sort of drug transaction, and there was a weapon involved.”

During the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor confirmed a gun was drawn but didn't specify who had the weapon. The warrant stated that there was to be no contact between Journell and Hudson and Allen while the case is pending.

Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said Thursday that Journell has been “immediately suspended indefinitely from the football team,” according to University policy 1035. It states that any Virginia Tech student-athlete charged with a felony must be indefinitely suspended until the case is dropped, dismissed or resolved.

If Journell is convicted of a felony, he would be permanently dismissed from the team. The sentencing guidelines for a class 2 felony in Virginia are “imprisonment for life or a minimum of 20 years and a fine of up to $100,000.”

The incident occurred on Wednesday night at approximately 9:53 after Blacksburg police were called to a residence just outside of downtown Blacksburg because of a physical altercation.

Blacksburg police Lt. Steve Taylor said in a telephone interview Thursday morning that the alleged use of a dangerous weapon is the result of “witnesses/victims telling the police that a dangerous weapon was involved.” He would not specify the weapon since it is an ongoing investigation.

“There is a possibility additional charges and additional arrests are coming,” Taylor added.

Journell had performed well in his first season as Virginia Tech’s starting place kicker. An honorable mention all-ACC selection, he made 14 of his 17 field goals this year. In his place at next month’s Sugar Bowl, the Hokies could either turn to Murray State transfer Tyler Weiss or senior Justin Myer. Those two are a combined 0 for 3 on field goal attempts this year.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:03 AM ET, 12/22/2011

 
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