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Former Gopher Football Player Found Not Guilty of Rape Charge

The Minnesota Daily and The Star Tribune reported former University of Minnesota football player Dominic Jones was acquited of third-degree sexual assault charges Friday afternoon.

The former Gopher player, was found guilty of fourth-degree assault charges, according to the verdict.

Jones will be sentenced on May 29, the charge carries a presumed sentence of 24 months "stayed." That means he would not have to serve it unless he violated his probation reported the Star Tribune.

Defense attorney Earl Gray told the Star Tribune Jones could face a year in jail, but would likely get work release and be out sooner. He would have to register as a sex offender, the paper reported, but the Minnesota Daily reported the defense attorney said Jones is going to appeal the charge.

"I think it's a victory for him," defense attorney Earl Gray said to the Minnesota Daily.

Jones refused to comment to the Star Tribune, citing he need to catch up on his studies. The Star Tribune reported Jones has missed school since jury selection began March 31, but is on track to graduate in the fall with a degree in sociology.