Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes charges reduced to misdemeanor

Holmes could be reinstated to the football team at the discretion of athletic director Jim Weaver.

WDBJ7 Sports Staff
POSTED: 03:48 PM EDT Jun 13, 2013    UPDATED: 06:49 PM EDT Jun 13, 2013 
Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes charges reduced to misdemeanor
MONTGOMERY CO., Va -

Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes had his day in court Thursday following his April arrest on a malicious wounding charge following a fight near campus.

That charge is a felony, but Thursday it was reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery.  Holmes was sentenced to a 12 month suspended jail sentence and placed on one year of probation. He was also ordered to pay $13,403 in restitution.

Holmes could be reinstated to the football team at the discretion of athletic director Jim Weaver.  One of the victims in the case, Kierra Barnes has filed a $25,000 civil suit against Holmes for surgery on her nose as a result of the incident.

Holmes started five games last season, scoring four touchdowns.