By Jane Martin
Dalis Bruce, a former EWU football player, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for assault in the second degree on Feb. 20, according to court records.
Bruce was charged with rape in the second degree following his arrest on Aug. 20 in connection to the assault of a member of the EWU volleyball team. His trial was initially set for Nov. 26. Since then, Bruce’s trial has been postponed twice and was most recently scheduled for March 18, according to court records.
On Feb. 20, however, Bruce’s charges were amended to assault in the second degree, to which he pleaded guilty.
Bruce’s attorney, Bevin Maxey, said that the change in charges was “part of the plea bargain process to avoid the risk and embarrassment of a trial for everyone,” said Maxey.
“The consumption of alcohol led to a very unfortunate incident. … It’s a sad thing,” said Maxey.
Court documents stated that Bruce was sentenced to nine months in the Spokane County Jail. Bruce was required to check into the county jail by 11 p.m. the day he was sentenced. The same document also stated that an agreed restitution order may be entered at a later date to be set by the prosecutor. In addition, Bruce was issued a lifetime no-contact order with the victim.
“I have not received any documents for restitution requests yet,” Maxey said. He added that restitution would be considered payment for out-of-pocket expenses, such as medical bills, and not payment for pain and suffering or reimbursement for lawyer fees.