Kent State football player faces felony assault charge

Record-Courier staff report Published:

A Kent State University football player is now facing a felony charge following a Nov. 18 fight at a fraternity house on University Drive in Kent.

Denzell L. Burton, 19, of Korb Hall, was arrested by Kent police Nov. 30 and charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. He is accused of causing serious physical harm to Tyler Montgomery at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house at 222 University Drive.

Burton, a freshman linebacker, did not appear in any games for the Golden Flashes this past season. He has been suspended indefinitely for "violating team policy," head coach Darrell Hazell told the Daily Kent Stater student newspaper. He is being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $30,000 pending future court dates.

Burton was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Nov. 18 and charged with two misdemeanors, assault and obstructing official business. Kent police told the Daily Kent Stater Burton was arrested in the parking lot of the Wendy's on East Main Street. The incident allegedly began as a fight between football players and fraternity brothers in the basement of the fraternity house, the newspaper reported.

A preliminary hearing is set Friday in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent. Additional charges could be filed after the case is heard by a Portage County grand jury.

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  • I see a meaningless slap on the wrist coming when they figure out he doesn't have any money.