Illinois Football Players Arrested for Armed Robbery, Home Invasion

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Lee is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges in Champaign County court on May 11.

The third, Howard Watkins, will enter his plea today.

Offensive linemen Lee and Watkins and tight end Holcombe were taken into custody at the Champaign County Jail following an incident that took place early Wednesday morning at Bromley Hall, where Lee and Holcombe both reside. Daniels noted Holcombe played seven games, mostly on special teams.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Three suspended IL football players have been charged with burglary and aggravated robbery charges after what they say was a prank on a fellow dormitory resident. Police said the victim tried to make light of the situation, when one of the other players allegedly brandished the fake gun and demanded cash.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer told the (Champaign) News-Gazette that the incident appeared to be a "stupid plan" that went wrong once the victim recognized the voice of one of the players.

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Worse, the officers said the gun used in the incident was a fake firearm, but they will be charged with armed robbery nevertheless.

Ziegler said police obtained statements from the trio that "implicates all three going into the room with masks".

Both charges filed Thursday are Class 1 felonies.

After their charges were read, a request to leave IL and return home was brought up.

"I can say they described it as a prank or a joke", Ziegler said. If convicted, each man faces 6 to 30 years in prison. Watkins enrolled at the UI in January and participated in spring football.

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