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Maurice Purify In Court

A promising Husker wide receiver may spend his senior season on the sidelines.

Maurice Purify received sentences in Lancaster County Court today, on two separate charges that occurred in the last few months.

Maurice Purify pleaded no contest to his charges of driving while intoxicated and two counts of assualt.

Turns out the criminal justice major may be taking his toughest test yet.

21-year-old Maurice Purify came to the county court Wednesday to hear his charges on two separate arrests.

On May 5th, Purify was arrested for an alleged assault at the 'Alley Bar' in  downtown Lincoln.

Prosecuters say Purify got into an argument with a doorman about denying his friends entry into another bar.

The argument led to an assault and Purify was arrested for two counts of assault, trespassing, refusal to comply with order of police, and interrupted arrest.

Less than 40-days later, on June 8th, Purify was pulled over on Cornhusker Highway for speeding and failure to signal.

His blood alcohol level was .18, which is above the legal limit.

He pled no contest to both charges.

One count of assault was dismissed, and the judge ordered Purify to serve 12-months probation for the remaining charges.

We caught up with Purify and his attorney after he filed his papers in the probation office.

"Do you have any apology to make on-camera that you wrote in your statement?"

Purify responded; "no, all we want to say is on the statement."

In Purify's statement, he apologizes to his family, friends, fans and teamates and quote especially to Coach Calahan and the coaching staff because i know i let them down.

He says, "in each instance I was under the influence of alcohol.

And i intend to learn from this experience and to move forward. I don't know if I will be fortunate enough to play another game at Nebraska."

If Coach Calahan decides that I will not be able to play again I respect his decision.

According to the university, Coach Calahan is aware of the situation but will not be making a statement at this time.

Last month he suspended Purify indefinatley from the team.

Channel 8 spoke with Purify and his attorney John Broten off-camera on Wednesday.

They tell us that they were pleased with the plea agreement and the "one" dismissed count of assualt.

Purify told us he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he's never gotten in trouble before.

But again, he'll be serving 12 months probation and will not be allowed to drive for 60 days, and he's taking drug and alcohol classes.

His fines for both charges total more than 12,000 dollars and that's not including probation or court costs.

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