Syracuse football players Markus Pierce-Brewster and Davon Walls have been arraigned on felony burglary charges, Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician contributor and CNYCentral.com's Jeremy Ryan is reporting Wednesday morning.
Walls and Pierce-Brewster accused of breaking into an SU apartment. Not guilty plea entered by judge. Bail for each set at $5,000 cash.— Jeremy Ryan (@JeremyRyan44) March 6, 2013
More notes on the Syracuse FB arrests: Pierce-Brewster (MPB?) and Walls were dressed in plain clothes, already in police custody.— Jeremy Ryan (@JeremyRyan44) March 6, 2013
#Syracuse police say Pierce-Brewster & Walls among 4 SU students involved in the alleged burglaries. Xbox, iPods, TV alleged to be stolen.— Jeremy Ryan (@JeremyRyan44) March 6, 2013
According to Ryan, the burglaries took place on the South Campus apartment in the 400 block of Winding Ridge Road.
The alleged victims are Syracuse University students and neighbors of Pierce-Brewster and Walls. Police say they were home sleeping at the time of the burglary.
Update (3:45 p.m.): Syracuse.com is now reporting, the robberies occurred on Feb. 23 and were caught on video surveillance.
Pierce-Brewster, a junior defensive end for the Orange, acted as a "lookout" while Walls entered an unlocked apartment on Winding Ridge Road around 1:15 p.m., according to court papers.
When Walls re-emerged from the apartment with the stolen goods, Pierce-Brewster helped him carry the items to a vehicle parked nearby, according to court papers.
Both Pierce-Brewster and Walls are defensive linemen for the Orange. Pierce-Brewster (6-foot-3, 248 pounds), a JUCO transfer from California, saw more playing time in 2011-12 than Walls, playing in 12 games collecting 30 tackles and one sack.
Walls (6-5, 310), a Brooklyn, NY native, was a late addition to the roster last Summer and played in just three games recording no stats.
Like any of these situations, it is hard to speculate what this means for both players. In years past, under head coach Doug Marrone, the process involved a punishment before legal proceedings took place.
Wide receiver Marcus Sales was suspended for a year after a being arrested for drug possession in the 2011 offseason, while starting linebacker Marquis Spruill missed a portion of the Pinstripe Bowl after allegedly fighting with police earlier in the Winter.
Of course, both of those incidents were not felony burglary.
This is the first off-the-field issue new head coach Scott Shafer will need to deal with, so it will be interesting to see how that all unfolds; especially when it is happening 13 days before Spring ball.
All-in-all, this is not good as Pierce-Brewster was expected to be a big contributor on the defensive line this season.