Peter Warrick struck a deal with prosecutors today that will allow him to return to top-ranked Florida State and play out the football season before serving a 30-day jail sentence.
Warrick's attorney said the wide receiver agreed to accept the jail time--to be served in January after FSU's season ends--in order to have his charges reduced from felony grand theft to misdemeanor petty theft.
Hoping to avoid a trial or additional delays in his return to the Seminoles, Warrick accepted the offer from prosecutors. He already has missed the past two games while sorting through the particulars of the case, in which he admitted to three times purchasing clothing from a Tallahassee department store at vastly reduced prices.
Warrick will appear Wednesday before Judge John E. Crusoe in county court to formally agree to the plea arrangement. His lawyer, John C. Kenny, said the deal includes the month-long jail term, one year of probation, restitution of approximately $600 to Dillard's for the difference in the marked price of the apparel that was taken, donation of the clothing to charity and payment of $295 in court costs. His client also has agreed to refrain from shopping at Dillard's.
Warren Goodwin of the State Attorney's Office said it would be "most unusual" for a judge not to agree to the particulars of a plea agreement.
"Pete gets the charge that he accepts complete responsibility for, and they get the punishment they sought," Kenny said.
Warrick's playing status for Saturday's game at Clemson wasn't as clear-cut, since FSU officials were mum as to whether the jail time will affect his reinstatement or whether Warrick will face any in-house discipline. When the charges were first levied Oct. 7, FSU administrators said that if Warrick was successful in disposing of the felony charge, he could return to the team. If tonight was any indication, Warrick is all but back in the fold. He practiced for the first time in nearly two weeks and spoke with Coach Bobby Bowden beforehand.
"I just told him that it's good to see him back," Bowden said. "I'm sure he's learned his lesson--at a terrific price."