More details have surfaced in one of the strangest stories from National Signing Day.
Michigan State verbal commit Donovan Winter did not sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday because he was in jail after being arrested and charged with burglary and larceny of a firearm.
Winter is an Orlando, Fla., native, and the Orlando Sentinel obtained the police affidavit involving Winter’s arrest. According to the report, Winter allegedly stole a .22 caliber rifle from his girlfriend’s father. Police had been called to his girlfriend’s house because his girlfriend’s mother wanted him arrested for trespassing. He was not on the property when police arrived, according to the report.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
The officer also reported in the affidavit, “While conversing with Thurmond [the girlfriend’s mother] about her legal options, Thurmond’s daughter advised that while Winter was on scene, he told her that he stole her father’s gun. I had [the daughter] provide a written sworn statement, and went to the garage with father, Kenneth Thurmond, where he kept the gun, to confirm it was stolen. Kenneth confirmed that the gun was stolen from where he last had it in his garage. Kenneth also advised that a box of .22 ammunition was stolen as well, but the case the gun was in, was still there.”
Officers located Winter, read him his rights and found a weapon that his girlfriend’s father identified as the missing rifle. Winter was arrested and taken to the Seminole County Jail, according to the report.
Michigan State signed its class without Winter on Wednesday. It’s unclear what the future holds for the 3-star defensive end or if Michigan State will be part of it.