Suspended University of Michigan wrestler Justin Dozier pleaded guilty to making Molotov cocktails in April after the Wolverines’ loss at the NCAA basketball championships, AnnArbor.com reported Saturday.
Dozier, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing and manufacturing explosives in connection with an early-morning fire on April 9 in the middle of White Street in Ann Arbor, home to the Michigan campus. The suspended Wolverine heavyweight entered his guilty plea on Wednesday in Washtenaw County court under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which allows a judge to place a youth between 17 and 20 in prison or on probation without a conviction to avoid a criminal record. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 19.
Dozier and Michigan teammate Rosario Bruno – known as Rossi Bruno in his wrestling career – were arraigned on charges on May 24, and immediately suspended from the Wolverine wrestling team. Bruno has a pretrial hearing set for July 17. Both remain free on recognizance bonds.
A police investigation linked Bruno and Dozier with up to four Molotov cocktails – explosive devices consisting of glass bottles filled with flammable liquid – found at the scene of the April mattress fire on White Street. Dozier’s address is listed in the block where the bottles were found; Bruno was taken to the hospital by Huron Valley Ambulance from a home on that block the same night.
Dozier, who completed his sophomore season, started for the Wolverines at the beginning of last season in the 285-pound weight class when fifth-year senior Ben Apland was injured. The native of Woodhaven, Mich. wrestled his way to an 8-6 record on the season, including a 7-2 record in tournaments.
Bruno, a five-time Florida state champion for nationally-ranked Brandon High School, was a starter for the Wolverines at 133 pounds. As a sophomore, Bruno went 16-18 on the year and earned a seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
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