Stoll cuts plea deal in Ve­gas drug case

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Lisa Dill­man

LAS VE­GAS — Kings cen­ter Jar­ret Stoll pleaded guilty Thurs­day to two re­duced mis­de­meanor charges stem­ming from his April ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of co­caine and Ec­stasy at the MGM Grand pool.

Stoll had been charged this week with one felony count of pos­ses­sion of co­caine, but an amended crim­i­nal com­plaint filed with the Las Ve­gas Jus­tice Court did not men­tion nar­cotics.

The plea agree­ment in­cluded one mis­de­meanor count of “pro­vok­ing com­mis­sion of breach of peace,” and another mis­de­meanor count of tres­pass at the Wet Re­pub­lic Pool.

The ar­rest re­port re­leased to the media in April from the Las Ve­gas Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment shortly af­ter the ar­rest de-

tailed an ex­change be­tween Stoll and a po­lice of­fi­cer, with Stoll al­legedly an­swer­ing, “Yes,” when asked whether the pow­der seized from him was co­caine.

His plea- agree­ment sen­tence in­cludes per­form­ing 32 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice within 120 days, and Stoll’s lawyer David Ch­es­noff said Stoll has al­ready started that process in Las Ve­gas.

Stoll, a mem­ber of the Kings’ Stan­ley Cup cham­pion teams in 2012 and 2014, was not present at Thurs­day’s court pro­ceed­ings.

“Now that the case has been re­solved, I am com­mit­ted to meet­ing all of my obli­ga­tions to the court and I’m grate­ful for the chance to of­fer guid­ance and to share pos­i­tive life lessons to kids as part of the res­o­lu­tion of this mat­ter,” Stoll said in a state­ment.

“My fo­cus re­mains on hockey and I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the ice next sea­son.”

Stoll’s com­mu­nity ser­vice will in­clude putting to­gether a hockey pro­gram for at- risk youths in the Las Ve­gas area. Stoll also will vol­un­teer with the Sal­va­tion Army in Clark County.

Stoll will do­nate hockey equip­ment, said to be worth about $ 50,000, as part of the youth pro­gram.

In Thurs­day’s court pro­ceed­ings, the like­li­hood of NHL ex­pan­sion to Las Ve­gas was ad­dressed as well as an in­clu­sion of league play­ers, pos­si­bly team­mates of Stoll, to ad­dress the youth pro­gram and add a “celebrity com­po­nent.”

The pro­gram does not have an of­fi­cial name, Ch­es­noff said, not­ing de­tails are still be­ing worked out.

“He’s a great ath­lete. That’s his sport. We knew [ the NHL] could be com­ing and we thought it would be some­thing that would catch the at­ten­tion of the at- risk kids and pro­vide Jar­ret a fo­rum to tell them about how im­por­tant a good lifestyle and health is,” Ch­es­noff said.

“We’re very sat­is­fied” with the res­o­lu­tion, he added.

Ch­es­noff, a prom­i­nent Las Ve­gas at­tor­ney, has rep­re­sented such celebri­ties as Paris Hil­ton and Bruno Mars and other high- pro­file ath­letes and f ig­ures from the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment worlds.

The felony drug pos­ses­sion charge could have car­ried a sen­tence rang­ing from pro­ba­tion to up to four years in state prison.

Although the NHL sus­pended Kings de­fense­man Slava Voynov im­me­di­ately af­ter Voynov was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence last fall, there was no such ac­tion taken against Stoll, who was ar­rested shortly af­ter the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“There is no sus­pen­sion at this time,” said NHL Deputy Com­mis­sioner Bill Daly, in an email to The Times.

“Now that his le­gal sit­u­a­tion is re­solved, we will eval­u­ate what next steps, if any, the league in­tends to take.

“But we have no fur­ther com­ment on the mat­ter at this time.”

Stoll, who turned 33 on Wed­nes­day, is due to be an un­re­stricted free agent July 1.

Even be­fore his ar­rest in April, he was not ex­pected to re­turn to the Kings next sea­son.

The Kings had no com­ment on Thurs­day’s de­vel­op­ment. Gen­eral Man­ager Dean Lom­bardi said re­cently he met with Stoll in May and it was one of the “most gut- wrench­ing meet­ings” of his long ca­reer in hockey.

Mark J. Terrill As­so­ci­ated Press

JAR­RET STOLL is not ex­pected to re­turn to the Kings.

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