UConn guard Price gets probation in laptop case

VERNON, Conn. -- Connecticut point guard A.J. Price was granted a special form of probation Tuesday for his role in the theft of laptop computers from dorm rooms.

UConn had already suspended the redshirt freshman from
basketball for the 2005-06 season.

Under the accelerated rehabilitation program for first-time
offenders, Price will have no criminal record if he successfully
completes 18 months of probation and 400 hours of community service
unrelated to basketball.

Price, 19, was charged with three counts of felony larceny and
lying to police, a misdemeanor. He and teammate Marcus Williams are
accused of trying to sell four stolen laptops last summer.

Price, joined in court by his parents and girlfriend, spoke
quietly to Superior Court Judge Marcia Gleeson, telling her he was

In granting Price accelerated rehabilitation, Gleeson alluded to
what she called a "life-altering event," a brain hemorrhage Price
suffered a year ago that forced him to miss the 2004-05 season.

Price did not speak to reporters after his court appearance, but
his mother, Inga, said family members are relieved the incident is
over with.

"I'm pleased with the outcome because it's behind him," said
Price's attorney, Michael Devlin.

Williams, 19, a junior point guard granted accelerated
rehabilitation after being charged with four counts of third-degree
larceny, will be allowed to return to the team in December.

Price is considered a first-time offender despite an arrest in May 2004 in his hometown of Massapequa, N.Y., on misdemeanor criminal trespass charges. Prosecutors in New York initially chose not to pursue the case and charges were dismissed. But they have
since decided to reopen it.