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VT Kicker Cody Journell Found Guilty in Court


Reporter: David Tate

Update 5 p.m.:

Montgomery Co., VA - Suspended Virginia Tech place kicker Cody Journell will not spend any more time in jail after he was found guilty Monday of a misdemeanor.

Journell was originally charged with felony breaking and entering after a home invasion last year, but Monday a judge found him guilty of trespassing.

It appears to be a big break for the Giles County native and at least one of the other men charged with him as the Commonwealth presented evidence that shows the victim in this case, Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson, felt good about the deal and just wanted to get this all behind him.

For his part, Journell pleaded not guilty with a stipulation after which he was then found guilty by the judge. The plea agreement calls for Journell to receive a year in jail, with all but the 10 days he has already served suspended. He must also complete a year's worth of probation through the VASAP program which includes 100 hours of community service.

Journell says there is a lesson learned.

"One slip up…make one mistake and you can see where it can take your life. I'm glad to have a second chance and am ready to redeem myself," he said.

"I have no question that young man is going to be much, much, a much better person having gone through this," said Jimmy Turk, Journell's attorney

As for Journell's status on the team: Cody says within the next week he plans on visiting with the coaching staff to find out what this plea deal means for his future.

In the meantime, Journell is signed up for summer classes.


Montgomery Co., VA – Virginia Tech field goal kicker Cody Journell was found guilty in court Monday to a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

A judge sentenced Journell to one year in jail, but he will not serve any more time. All but 10 days of his sentence were suspended, and the rest he was given credit for time served.

Journell was one of three people charged after an incident in Blacksburg in December. He was not allowed to participate in Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl game.

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