The wheels of justice turn slowly, very slowly in Lancaster (insert Amish buggy joke here).
In December, Lamar Patterson got caught in a dine-and-dash debacle. He and his cohorts master scheme, undone by leaving behind his brother’s ID.
In February, he was actually charged. That was when Pitt suspended him for a game.
Now, the end of August, and we have this complex legal matter mostly resolved.
Patterson pleaded guilty to providing false ID to police, a misdemeanor, and a pair of summary violations — theft of services and carrying a false ID.
Patterson is responsible for paying the restaurant tab — $35. Not to mention $650 in court costs. When you add in the cost of his attorney, that dinner was really, really expensive. Patterson has also been given a year of probation. If he can avoid any more trouble in the coming year, he gets his record expunged.
“This knucklehead moment could have come at a cost,” [Lancaster County Court Judge Margaret] Miller said. “This is an opportunity for you so the knucklehead moment doesn’t define you.”
It is an opportunity for Patterson. I’m going to assume he won’t blow it.