By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Kili Lefotu, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, was released yesterday, hours after being arraigned at the Loudoun General District Court on charges of assault and battery and destruction of property.
Lefotu, 23, who was an offensive lineman on the practice squad and who was arrested Friday at Nick's Corner Grill in Ashburn, could face up to 12 months in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 for the assault and battery charge, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He also could be incarcerated for one to five years and face a maximum fine of $2,500 for the charge of destruction of public property, a Class 6 felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11.
Lefotu was arrested after he pulled glass off a wall above a mantel in the restaurant, chased several patrons and pushed a male patron, said Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Lefotu said as he left the Leesburg courthouse without a lawyer. "I don't want to go into detail [about the incident], but I made a mistake and I'm sorry, and I'll let the justice system play its role."
Lefotu said he spoke with Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs about the arrest but declined to comment on the specifics.
The Redskins announced yesterday afternoon that they had released Lefotu, along with fullback Brian Bell, from the practice squad and signed offensive linemen Calvin Armstrong and Kevin Sampson to the practice squad.
Lefotu was hospitalized during training camp in August 2006 because of a seizure associated with sleep apnea. He returned to practice six days later, saying he was "thankful to be alive." He was released later in the preseason.
The Redskins re-signed Lefotu in January and allocated him to NFL Europa. Lefotu was one of the final roster cuts this offseason but was signed and designated to the five-man practice squad Sept. 3