Attorneys Working to Reduce Charge Against Leron Black

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says she and an attorney for Illinois basketball player Leron Black have agreed to a deal that would place him in a diversionary program and potentially see his felony aggravated assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

Rietz said Monday that under the deal Black would have 90 days pay a $200 fine and perform 25 hours of community service. If the 20-year-old sophomore does both he would be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and face a year of probation. Black was accused of pulling a knife on a campus-bar bouncer on Feb. 19.

The deal must be approved by a judge. A hearing is set for April 21.

Black's attorney, Mark Lipton, did not respond to a call seeking comment.

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