Va. Tech football players Brian Rody, Joshua Trimble have felony charges amended

Virginia Tech football players Brian Rody and Joshua Trimble had felony charges amended Thursday and pleaded guilty instead to misdemeanor destruction of property stemming from a Dec. 2 prank gone bad, according to their attorney.

Attorney Jimmy Turk said the redshirt freshmen were each given a 30-day suspended sentence and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service by a Montgomery County (Va.) General District Court judge.

The punishment stems from an incident in which Rody (Stone Bridge) and Trimble (O’Connell), both walk-ons from Asburn, allegedly put aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner into a soda bottle and left it in front of a neighbor’s door. Blacksburg police responded to the ensuing explosion and charged Rody and Trimble with manufacturing and detonating a bomb or explosive, a Class 5 felony in Virginia.

The reduced charges open the door for Rody and Trimble to return to the football team. Both had been indefinitely suspended until the felony charges were resolved, according to athletic department policy.

It is now up to Athletic Director Jim Weaver to reinstate Rody and Trimble. Neither is currently listed on Virginia Tech’s online roster.

Trimble, an honorable mention All Met at O’Connell under his late father, Coach Steve Trimble, emerged as a valuable special teams weapon for the Hokies last season. The linebacker had 13 tackles. Rody, a quarterback from Stone Bridge High, has yet to appear in any games for Virginia Tech and worked with the scout team this past year.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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