The saga of Robert Barber’s potential expulsion from WSU was a long one following a brawl he allegedly participated in off-campus back in July. Ultimately, a Whitman County judge stayed his expulsion in November and Barber could not only come back to the classroom but get back on the field.
Barber will, however, be back in a courtroom soon.
Pullman Radio is reporting that the Whitman County prosecutor has decided to charge Barber with 2nd degree assault, the charge on which he was originally booked last summer. He’ll be in court for a hearing on March 17. Second degree assault is a Class B felony in Washington state, meaning it is punishable by up to 10 years behind bars and/or a fine of $20,000.
Another player reportedly involved in the fight, T.J. Fehoko, will not be charged by the prosecutors office. According to Pullman Radio, they cited insufficient evidence to prove that Fehoko had, in fact, assaulted anyone at the July party.
Fehoko will not go unpunished though. Cougfan.com is reporting he is no longer on the team, which was confirmed by a WSU spokesperson. He did not play in 2016.
One other student has been charged in the case with misdemeanor assault.