State Drops Felony Burglary Charges Against Joiner

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - State prosecutors are dropping a felony burglary charge against Florida safety Tony Joiner.

This clears the way for the senior to play at top-ranked LSU.

Joiner was arrested around early Tuesday morning for allegedly trying to take his girlfriend's car out of a towing company's impound lot.

The chief investigator for the State Attorney's Office says the charge was dropped today because the victim "believes it's a big misunderstanding." Spencer Mann says the victim does not want to
pursue criminal charges.

Joiner practiced with the ninth-ranked Gators this week.

Coach Urban Meyer says in a statement that Joiner "is no longer a captain of the Gator football team and he will pay a heavy price for his behavior internally for the next four weeks."

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