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Kinsman Thomas pleads guilty to aggravated assault

September 27, 2012

This is not a rumor and this is not speculation. has reported that former EMU wide receiver Kinsman Thomas pled guilty to two counts of aggravated assault yesterday.

On December 14, 2011, a male EMU student reported that, while walking alone along the south side of Pease Auditorium (that’s the side facing Cross Street) at about 4:40 am that morning, “he was struck from behind and pushed to the ground by three men” who he described as having athletic builds, in their late teens or early 20s. The attackers took his bag, which contained a laptop computer.

On Monday, April 16, warrants were issued for the three attackers, described at the time as a 23-year-old EMU student and a 19- and a 21-year-old non-student. We now know that Thomas was the 21-year-old non-student. The charges against each were assault with intent to rob while unarmed and unarmed robbery, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Yesterday Thomas and former teammate Eric Jones (a redshirt freshman wide receiver at EMU in 2010 who left the team having never played) each pled guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, with the more severe original charges to be dismissed at sentencing, scheduled for October 31 for Thomas and November 7 for Jones.

The third attacker, Jalyn Massenberg, pled guilty to unarmed robbery on July 18, but is now wanted on a bench warrant after failing to appear for sentencing on August 29.

Thomas, who is from McColl, S.C., said he kicked and punched a man during the attack and came to find out later the bag and laptop were stolen. Jones, from Brownstown, Mich., said he had driven Massenberg, Thomas and a fourth man whose name he said he didn’t know, to the area. Jones said the three men got out of the car, attacked the EMU student, then returned and he drove them away.

I can find no other mention of the alleged fourth attacker.

Needless to say, although both Jones and Thomas were gone from the football team before this happened (Thomas was definitely off the team by November 4, more than a month before the attack), this is still a bit of a hit against the team’s reputation. This also lends credence to the suggestion that Thomas “kept pushing the line with EMU team-rules” and that he was “getting into fights with other teammates”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. BLN permalink
    September 27, 2012 11:42 am

    Thanks for the detail, cmadler. It’s a bummer when any young person makes a choice like these guys did, but it sounds like their plea will give them a chance to recover rather quickly.

  2. John Baublit permalink
    September 27, 2012 1:04 pm

    Eastern Michigan University athletics has no use for students of this type of character. With coaches of today, I’m absolutely positive that athletes receive all kinds of advanced warnings about character and behavior. Coaches do more than coach, they are also assume a parental role and have the responsibility of raising these young men during their formative years. This trio never learned and are like a cancer that needs to be cut out so others can concentrate on their studies and play on the field. Give them a four-year scholarship to a D-1 Correctional Facility. I’m glad to see them gone.

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