Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield will enter into a pretrial diversion program for his May 1 arrest on two misdemeanor drug-related charges.
As part of the agreement recently reached with the Solicitor General’s office, Holyfield must complete 40 hours of community service, pay a $200 program fee and a monthly supervision fee as part of the 12-month program. He also may not consume or possess alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, may not go to a bar, liquor store or nightclub, must submit to random alcohol and/or drug screens at his expense and report once a month to a supervising officer.
The sophomore, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession and use of drug-related objects. In a search of his campus dorm room by University of Georgia police, officers found a glass pipe and a bag with seven buds of suspected unburned marijuana on the ground outside.
To complete the program, Holyfield must not be arrested or cited for breaking the law during the 12 months.
The pretrial program is the same that Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley was accepted into as a first-time offender for a misdemeanor marijuana charge stemming from a March 11 arrest. It allows for a charge to be dismissed and expunged from the record when the program is complete.
Holyfield and Ridley both still are expected to face one-game suspensions for their arrests under UGA Athletic Association policy. Holyfield rushed for 29 yards on six carries last season and rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown in Georgia’s spring game on April 22.