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UND football player bails out of jail

Bradley Joseph Kelley

GRAND FORKS - UND football player Brad Kelley, who's accused of assaulting four people over the weekend, posted $8,000 in bail and was released from custody Monday.

Kelley, 20, is facing two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and one count of minor in consumption.

Police reports said Kelley was involved in a fight with two students Friday night outside UND's West Hall, injuring one student. Kelley then went to Walsh Hall, where he allegedly punched a resident assistant from West Hall and a staff member from Walsh Hall.

The freshman linebacker has been suspended indefinitely from the UND football team and also from West Hall, where he lived.

Kelley, who appeared in court Monday via interactive television, said that after getting out of jail, he would return to his hometown of Coon Rapids, Minn., to live with his mother. The judge required that Kelley abstain from drinking any alcohol upon his release. Also, in setting bail, the judge noted Kelley's lack of a prior criminal record in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The aggravated assault charges are Class C felonies that each carry a maximum penalty of five years behind bars and a $5,000 fine. The three other counts are Class B misdemeanors each with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A preliminary hearing was set for March 16 for the felony charges, and Kelley pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanor charges.

A backup player, Kelley played in four games and had two solo tackles for the Sioux during the 2008 season.