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Emily Welker, Published August 05 2013

Change of plea hearing set for Bison linebacker Travis Beck

FARGO – A starting linebacker for the North Dakota State University football team will appear at a change of plea hearing Aug. 19 in Cass County District Court.

Travis Beck previously pleaded not guilty in Fargo Municipal Court to a resisting arrest charge.

The change of plea hearing comes after prosecutors dropped a more serious felony assault charge against Travis Beck, 21, on June 13.

A notice was filed Friday in Cass County District Court setting the change of plea hearing.

Both charges were linked to a brawl outside a downtown Fargo restaurant after 2 a.m. June 9 in which police said Beck knocked the other man unconscious.

Prosecutors said they dropped the more serious charge because surveillance video from nearby businesses and police cameras showed Beck might have been acting in self-defense. Surveillance video also showed four officers converging on Beck after the fight, during which he seems to struggle as they handcuff him.

City prosecutor Jason Loos confirmed that a plea hearing was set in Beck’s case for Aug. 19, but said he did not know if there was a plea deal involved. Loos said Beck is likely to receive a fine and no jail time as part of his sentence.

Beck has no prior record, other than a misdemeanor conviction for underage drinking last September.

Though his father, Gary Beck, Travis Beck declined to comment.

The linebacker was recently reinstated to the Bison football team after an indefinite suspension but isn’t practicing because of concussion-like symptoms, coach Craig Bohl said.

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