Former Oregon State QB Lyle Moevao and LB Keaton Kristick, and senior starting DT Brennan Olander were sentenced to community service Tuesday for a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Moevao received 40 hours of community service, Kristick 25 and Olander 65. Here’s a little more on the GT site by court reporter Rachel Beck. More will be up later.
Olander’s situation impacts the current team since he’s the only returner. This is his second legal issue in a year. There’s a report of a third for criminal mischief back in 2006 in Southern Oregon.
As pointed out at the end of the Peter Lalich DUI story in Tuesday’s GT, Olander could be up for a 30 percent of the season suspension under OSU’s code of conduct, which is followed a lot more loosely than when it started.
The Beavers are in the midst of bad trend after about four-five years of relative calm. Coach Mike Riley must act quick and put his foot down on his players, and come out harsh on the current crop of problems to nip them in the bud.
There are new players due to normal turnover who don’t remember the stolen sheep, bar fights and alcohol-related death in a dorm.
The following are notes my court reporter forwarded to me about today’s events:
Their differing levels of community service were based on their levels of involvement and past criminal history. Moevao was the driver, but has no criminal history. Kristick and Olander jumped on for a ride. Kristick has no criminal history.
Olander has the theft 2 charge, plus a criminal mischief conviction out of Josephine County from 2006, plus (this didn’t come up in court) a 2008 citation for less than an ounce of marijuana, for which he had to complete a drug treatment program.
The status of his theft 2 charge isn’t certain yet. I’m talking to the prosecutor later today about that. Initially, the prosecutor told the judge Olander completed his diversion terms, but the judge pointed out the diversion time period doesn’t expire until tomorrow. And, of course, part of his diversion is to not violate any laws during that time period.
Moevao is officially paying the $750 restitution, but the other two are supposed to pay him back for their share.
They had been cooperative with police. Their attorney said Moevao was used to using the OSU golf carts — probably from when he was injured.
Judge noted that as football standards, they are role models and held to a higher standard. Also noted they have done good in the community, specifically citing the “front-page (GT) story” on Moevao recently. He also warned Kristick that he would be more in the public eye as an NFL player.