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March 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

UW’s John Timu faced misdemeanor charges of vehicle prowling

UW linebacker John Timu. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW linebacker John Timu. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW senior linebacker John Timu, a two-year team captain, has been suspended for the first two weeks of spring practices, Petersen announced Tuesday, eight days after Timu appeared in King County court to face a misdemeanor charge of a vehicle prowling.

The charge stemmed from incidents on campus last fall, when Timu admitted to stealing two E8 parking passes from two UW athletic department employees. Timu then sold the parking passes to teammates Josh Shirley and Erik Kohler, according to a UW police report.

Timu admitted to stealing the parking passes “because he needed the money very badly,” according to the report.

Last week, a King County judge deferred the charges, which will be dismissed in 12 months if Timu stays out of further legal trouble, among other conditions, according to court records. Timu was ordered to spend two days on a work crew and ordered to pay $500 in restitution — $250 each to Shirley and Kohler. He was also ordered to pay $150 in court fees and issued a no contact order with two UW employees.

“John is doing what he has to do for what he did, and he’s trying to put it behind him,” said Michael Hunsinger, Timu’s attorney. The incident, Hunsinger added, “is totally out of character for him.”

Kohler, an offensive lineman who opted to take a medical retirement from the program in December, said he does not hold a grudge against Timu.

“Timu is a great guy,” Kohler said. “This isn’t a reflection of who he is.”

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