UO quarterback to face felony burglary charge

UO quarterback to face felony burglary charge »Play Video
Oregon's quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) looks down field in the first half during their NCAA college football game with Oregon State, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeated Oregon State 37-33. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane County District Attorney's office has filed burglary charges against University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former wide receiver Garrett Embry.

The two face arraignment Friday -- the same day star running back LaMichael James is scheduled to appear in court for a change of plea and sentencing hearing.

Court records show they are being charged for alleged crimes that happened during the same time period as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity accused the players of stealing items from the house early Jan. 24

However, the district attorney's office would not confirm or deny that the charges stem from that incident.

Court records indicate Masoli will be charged for something that allegedly happend Jan. 25. Records indicate Embry will be charged for something that allegedly happened Jan. 24. KVAL News is attempting to clarify the dates with prosecutors.

Wednesday eveing head football coach Chip Kelly released a brief statement saying, "I am carefully considering the latest news concerning Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James, and will make a decision regarding disciplinary action on Friday, March 12."

What is second degree burglary?

Both Masoli and Embry face one count each of burglary in the second degree. The law says someone committs burglary in the second degree if "a person enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime." It is a Class C felony.

Deputy district attorney Patty Perlow said information charging Masoli and Embry with one count of burglary was filed on Wednesday. An arraignment is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Lane County Circuit Court.

On Feb. 1, the UO athletic department announced Embry had been dismissed from the team several weeks earlier on Jan. 8. The university did not say the dismissal was connected to allegations Embry and Masoli were involved in a theft.

The Eugene Police Department has denied several times a KVAL News request for a copy of the police report with more details about the theft case, saying it is part of an ongoing investigation. KVAL first asked when news of the theft surfaced, and again today after the charges were filed.

KVAL News also attemped to get court documents filed with the charges, but a court administrator says they are in the judges chamber and not availble to the public, as of Wednesday afternoon.

A member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity accused the players of stealing items from the house on Jan. 25, according to OregonLive.com. 

Following initial reports of the accusations, Eugene Police Department spokeswoman Melinda Kletzok woud not confirm whether the players were suspects or persons of interest in the case.