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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 93 No. 96
Felony charges filed against football player
By Jeff Zeleny
and Jeremy Fitzpatrick
Cornhusker defensive back Tyrone Wil
liams is scheduled to be arraigned in
Lancaster County Court today for the
unlawful discharge of a firearm and the use of
a weapon to commit a felony in a weekend
The two felony charges were filed Wednes
day afternoon by Lancaster County Attorney
The charges stem from
a Sunday morning inci
dent in which authori
ties allege W illiams fired
two or three rounds at
University of Nebraska
Lincoln student Brooke
Bohac’s vehicle near the
corner of 17th and L
The weapons charge is
a Class III felony, which
carries up to a 20 year
jail sentence and a $25,000 fine. The unlawful
firearm charge is a Class IV felony, which
carries a maximum five-year jail term and a
$ 10,000 fine or a minimum one-year sentence.
The firearms charge also is known as the
drive-by shooting law, created in 1990 by the
Nebraska Legislature. The statue doesn’t re
quire prosecutors to prove an attempt to hurt an
individual. Lacey said prosecutors only must
prove a gun was fired at an occupied vehicle.
Lacey confirmed the following account ol
Kevin Porter, a passenger in Bohac’s car anc
a safety for the New York Jets, called the
cellularphone in the car Will iams was riding in
Porter told Williams he was an FBI agent anc
that Williams was under surveillance. Later ir
University judicial process
Crackdown on code violations
Photo Illustration by William Lauer/DN
The scales of justice are evidence that there often is a precarious balance between having a good time
and breaking the rules.
By Angie Brunkow
Some students don’t like to follow the
ailcs when it comes to alcohol, UNL
“Students don’t pay much attention to the
fact that the legal (drinking) age is 21said
Jayne Wade Anderson, director of greck
affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lin
But Nebraska laws regarding alcohol con
sumption aren’t the only rules students are
Although the UNL Student Code of Con
duct prohibits unauthorized alcohol from
being on campus, it still finds its way into
Memorial Stadium, greek houses and resi
dence hall rooms.
The NU Board of Regents does not allow
alcohol on University ofNebraska campuses
— with some exceptions set by campus
At UNL, groups can ask for special per
mission to serve alcohol on campus. To gain
approval, food and nonalcoholic beverages
must also be served, and the majority of the
guests must be of legal drinking age.
Linda Schwartzkopf, director of student
judicial affairs at UNL, said she met with 45
students last year for violations of the univer
sity’s alcohol policy on campus but not in the
greek houses or residence halls.
“We’ve had people walking back from
the bar with a pitcher of beer,” she said.
Lesley Esters, coordinator for residence
hall administration at UNL, said there were
about 200 instances of alcohol violations in
the residence halls last year.
The number of violations in greek houses
Anderson said most greek organizations
caught violating the no-alcohol policy would
appear before the Greek Judicial Board,
which consists of six students and three
faculty members. _
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This week, the Daily
Nebraskan takes an
in-depth look into the
issue of alcohol on
campus. Friday's story
will explore alcohol in
the conversation, though, Porter told Williams
the call was only a joke.
Porter previously knew W illiams, Lacey said,
and was in Lincoln visiting friends.
After the telephone call was made from an
apartment, Bohac and Porter began driving and
realized they were being followed. Bohac was
stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of
17th and L streets when a man she identified as
Williams smashed the passenger side window
of her car.
Bohac sped away, Lacey said, and Williams
allegedly fired the shots.
SeeHUSKERS on 6
for hazing bill
By Matthew Waite
After a night of horror and months of
suffering since his son fell from a fra
ternity house window, a father is hop
ing the Nebraska Legislature can deter a similar
incident from happening again.
Jim Knoll, father of Jef
frey Knoll, the Phi Gamma
Delta Fraternity pledge who
fell out of a third-story win
dow in November, spoke with
other University of Ncbras
ka-Lincoln leaders in sup
port of LB 1 129.
The bill would make haz
ing a crime carrying a maxi
mum penalty for an individual of six months in
jail, a $1,000 fine or both. The organization
involved also could be tried and fined up to
$10,000 if found guilty.
Jim Knoll said the incident on the night of
Nov. 2 was devastating to his family.
“1 can’t begin to tell you what an incident I ike
this will do to your life,” he said.
Before November, Jim Knoll’s only expo
sure to hazing came from watching the movie
“Animal House.” He said the incidents that
happened to his son seemed surreal.
The father said he never thought he would be
before a legislative committee advocating a bill
that seemed like common sense.
It sort oi makes you wonder what s been
going on for the past 100 years,” he said.
He told the committee what happened to him
on the night of his son’s fall.
Jim Knoll first heard about what had hap
pened at 6 p.m. from his daughter Jamie, he
said. He said she did not know much—just that
he should wait for a phone call from the doctors
at Lincoln General Hospital.
A chaplain from the hospital called 20 min
utes later, the father said, which scared him.
The chaplain said to wait for the doctors.
The doctors called and said Jeff had fallen
and sustained “pretty massive head injuries.”
Jim Knoll said the doctors told him Jeff was in
a coma and on a respirator, and he and his wife
should come to Lincoln.
“You can’t imagine what that four- or five
hour ride from Ogallala to Lincoln was like,”
J im Knoll said. He said he thought of everything
from funeral arrangements to remodeling their
garage to take care of Jeff for the rest of his life.
The father said he was never so scared as
when he walked 150 yards from his car to the
hospital. He said they got upstairs to where Jeff
was and saw family members and friends from
“Compared to what 1 thought 1 was going to
sec ... I was relieved,” Jim Knoll said.
He said the last three months had been a
scries of ups and downs, learning of the effects
of the injuries and seeing Jeffs physical im
Two weeks after the incident, the father said,
doctors told him Jeff might never be able to
return to college because of the long-term learn
ing disability he incurred as a result of the fall.
“So many tears have flown — it’s hard to tell
you what kind of roller-coaster experience it’s
been,” Jim Knoll said.
Jeff is in a rehabilitation center in Denver
and should be released soon, his father said.
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