Alexis Johnson, a defensive lineman who enrolled at Tennessee in January, had a false imprisonment charge dismissed and an aggravated assault charge lessened to a misdemeanor, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Dustin Dopirak. Additionally, Johnson’s attorney told WBIR in Knoxville that the misdemeanor will be dismissed in six months, provided his record stays clean during that time period.
Johnson pled not guilty to both charges last month. On Feb. 14, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound defender was alleged to have choked his former girlfriend and then prevented her from leaving the room as “play fighting” escalated. He was subsequently suspended by the Vols and did not participate in spring practice.
The alleged victim in this case is also a plaintiff in the widely-publicized federal lawsuit levied against Tennessee, which claims that the university “enabled an environment of bad behavior and used a disciplinary system that favored the players” — particularly in regards to sexual assaults and the football program.
Johnson signed with the Vols as a four-star prospect out of Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He was rated the nation’s No. 2 junior college defensive tackle in the Class of 2016.