Notre Dame football’s Te’von Coney faces Aug. 1 trial in 2016 marijuana case

Temple running back Ryquell Armstead (7) carries the ball past Notre Dame linebacker Te'von Coney (4) and Devin Studstill during the first half of a game last fall at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend last September. (By The Associated Press)
Notre Dame senior linebacker Te'Von Coney

ROCHESTER – Notre Dame senior linebacker Te’von Coney will face an Aug. 1 bench trial in Fulton County Superior Court after a plea agreement was withdrawn in a 2016 marijuana possession case against him.

Coney’s lead attorney Rodolfo Sigifredo Monterrosa Jr. said he couldn’t comment on the case, saying only that it’s an “old case” and that Coney has never been sentenced. Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs’ office referred News-Sentinel.com to the court documents.

Coney was a full participant througout the spring practices and participated in the annual Blue-Gold game in late April. As of today, Coney is expected to compete for the Fighting Irish throughout the 2018 season, his final year of eligibility.

The case seems to stem from the misdemeanor charge from an incident in which Coney was in a vehicle with a group of Fighting Irish players when it was stopped by police the evening of Aug. 19, 2016. As a result, former Notre Dame safety Max Redfield spent a year on probation for carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, while Coney and the other players – former cornerback Ashton White, former wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and current senior running back Dexter Williams – were charged with the marijuana possession.

Last October, Coney, a first-time offender, was ordered to probation for a drug screen but in December the court rejected a plea and a sentencing hearing was canceled.

A change of plea hearing was conducted in March, but on April 30, Coney asked to withdraw a plea agreement “based on the results of the testing in April of 2018,” according to the joint motion filed and was scheduled for the Aug. 1 bench trial. The court records do not specify what those results were.

Following a bounce-back season in 2017, all within the Notre Dame football program are excited about the upcoming start of training camp in August. However, because of this, the Fighting Irish could be missing a critical piece of their defense when camp does get underway. Notre Dame improved from four to 10 victories, and Coney had his best season to date.

The Florida native increased his tackles from 62 as a sophomore to a team-leading 116 last fall and is being counted on to lead the Irish defensive unit again.

“He has had a different level of attention to detail,” second-year linebackers coach and now-defensive coordinator Clark Lea said April 18th of Coney’s work this spring. “Maybe playing one position helps with that. We were spread thin in the fall. But he’s really worked to improve himself as a player every day.

“I have not sensed one ounce of holding back or cruising to the finish here. As a coach, it is all that you can ask for, really.”

Coney is scheduled for a pretrial conference in Rochester at 1:15 p.m. May 31 with the bench trial scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 1 in Fulton County Superior Court No. 1 with Judge Wayne E. Steele presiding.

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