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NEW INFO: Former MU Recruit Arrested Again in Florida

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/6/12
JUNIPER, FL. (WSAZ) -- A former Marshall University football recruit who got in trouble with the law in Huntington, is now back behind bars in Florida.

Michael Fleurizard was arrested in July 2010 after a pizza delivery man was robbed on Marshall's campus. He pleaded guilty to a count of first-degree robbery and received treatment from a drug abuse center.

Fleurizard spent 20 months in jail before being released and being told by Judge Paul Farrell to leave the state.

That was in February 2012.

Friday morning, Fleurizard was arrested again, this time in Jupiter, Florida.

According to the Jupiter Police, Fleurizard was asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle at a red light about 3:35 Friday morning.

Police say when officers woke up Fleurizard, he sped off, hitting two officers with his vehicle.

Fleurizard crashed into a guardrail after leading police on a chase. He was taken to a Florida hospital with minor injuries.

Fleurizard is charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing to elude, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

The two officers that were hit received minor injuries.



UPDATE 2/16/12 @ 12:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After 20 months in jail Michael Fleurizard finally heard the words "You're free to go" from Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Paul Farrell.

Fleurizard was released from jail Thursday morning and then told to leave West Virginia by Judge Farrell.

“The next time I see your name I hope it's in the newspaper talking about how you made something of your life," said Farrell.

The former Marshall University Football signee was arrested in August 2010, after police say he robbed a pizza delivery man. Fleurizard was dismissed from the team the same day he was arrested.

Two other MU football freshman players were also arrested for the robbery.

In October 2010, a Cabell County grand jury indicted Fleurizard on two counts of 1st degree robbery. Court records show in April 2011, he pleaded guilty to one count of 1st degree robbery.

As part of his sentence, Fleurizard was sent to the Anthony Correctional Center to get treatment for drug abuse.

He was released to his attorney who was arranging a flight straight to Florida where Fleurizard's family lives

Fleurizard didn't want to comment on his release, but was appreciative of getting a second chance at life according to his attorney.

Fleurizard who is 20 years old, was first arrested when he was 18.

He was recruited by Marshall as a defensive lineman from West Palm Beach, Florida.

The other two arrested with Fleurizard were never indicted in the case.



UPDATE 9/1/10 @ 11:00 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) Former MU football player Antwon Chisholm has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Chisholm is charged with the first degree robbery of a pizza delivery man.

Correction officials say he posted bond and has been released from the Western Regional Jail.



UPDATE 8/24/10 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Former MU football player Antwon Chisholm was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon.

Chisholm was charged with first degree robbery and is being held on $100,000 cash only bond.

Chisholm was arrested during a traffic stop in Virginia, and was transported to West Virginia by authorities.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Chisholm on September 1 at 10:30 a.m.

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UPDATE 8/23/10 @ 2 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the two former Marshall University football players charged with robbing a pizza guy has waived his case to a grand jury.

Michael Fleurizard was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Monday in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Fleurizard faces two counts of robbery.

Meanwhile, prosecutors say the second former player charged in one of the robberies, Antwon Chisholm, is now in police custody.

They say Chisholm was arrested in Virginia during a traffic stop.

He is expected to be returned to Cabell County later this week.

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UPDATE 8/13/10 @ 6:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The plot thickens against two Marshall University football recruits dismissed from the team last week.

One, already in jail for robbing a pizza delivery guy faces more charges for a second robbery and a former teammate is wanted, as well.

Both robberies involved pizza delivery guys.

Police say those robberies occurred within 24 hours of one another.
Michael Fleurizard was in court today on the first robbery charge -- only to be greeted with a second charge.

It's a case that's not only troubling one of the victims, but also Fleurizard's family.

Michael Fleurizard had nothing to say today on his way into court to face a robbery charge. But, the man police say he kicked in the face and robbed had plenty to say.

“I was just waiting for the beating, but it never came. I thought they were going to beat me and I just wanted it to be over so I could get back to the shop,” said Brian Chatterton.

Chatterton works for Z Brick Oven Pizza, located on Huntington's Fourth Avenue. He says he was delivering pizza to Fleurizard at Marshall’s freshman dorms on July 31st when he was attacked and robbed of pizza and nearly $300 cash.

“I know my son and he is not a bad person,” said Michael Fleurizard, Sr.

Michael’s father says his son is an A student who graduated with honors. The family traveled here to attend his court hearing. He says, if anything, his son is guilty of hanging with the wrong crowd.

“He was hanging out with bad people who have a bad track record. I’m very disappointed in him,” said Mr. Fleurizard.

But, police say Michael's crime spree didn't end with the one robbery. Today, he was charged in a second robbery--this one of a Papa John's delivery driver within 24 hours of the other. According to the complaint, the driver was put in a choke hold and his keys, cell phone, $20 cash and pizza were stolen.

Another football recruit, also dismissed with Fleurizard, Antwon Chisholm, was also charged today in the Papa John's robbery.

Police believe he's in new york preparing to attend a school there.
They plan to bring him back on those charges very soon.

Fleurizard's preliminary hearing scheduled for today has been continued to August 23; he'll have a hearing on both charges.

A third player released from the team; Fred Pickett; has not been charged.



UPDATE 8/13/10 @ 10:40 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More charges have been filed against two Marshall University Football players accused of robbing a pizza delivery man.

According to criminal complaints filed Friday, Michael Fleurizard III and Antwon Chisholm put a choke hold on a Papa John's Pizza delivery man then took his keys, cell phone, Papa John's products and $20.

Fleurizard and Chisholm have been charged with 1st Degree Robbery, which is a felony. This is Fleurizard's second charge and Chisholm's first.

Prosecutors said Fleurizard's preliminary hearing was continued to April 23, 2011, so that both the original and new robbery charges could be heard on the same day.

Both Fleurizard and Chisholm have been dismissed from the football team, along with Fred Pickett. No charges have been filed against Pickett.

Reports say Chisholm and Pickett have transferred to a 1-AA School.



UPDATE 8/4/10 @ 7:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Marshall University's football team is taking another hit to the roster -- as three more players are kicked off the team and one is in jail.

This makes five players that new Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday has dismissed in the last four months. The latest players were incoming freshmen who hadn't even stepped on the field yet.

They were due to report to their first practice Wednesday afternoon. Instead, all three have been relieved of their duties, and one of them is arrested and charged with a crime.

They were supposed to be bright, promising recruits -- among Holliday's first as head football coach for Marshall University. But defensive lineman Michael Fleurizard, running back Antwon Chisholm and defensive lineman Fred Pickett are off the team.

Fleurizard was arrested Wednesday and charged with robbery. According to the criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court Wednesday, the robbery happened on Marshall University's campus overnight Friday.

The statement says that's when Fleurizard threw a pizza deliveryman from Z Brick Oven Pizza, located along Huntington’s 4th Avenue to the ground, kicked him in the face and held him down while two other men grabbed food and nearly $300 cash and ran away. The deliveryman was able to identify Fleurizard from a photo lineup.

“The coach isn't going to tolerate this type of behavior," MU quarterback Willie Korn said. "He tried to recruit the right guys, but he's sending a message that this type of behavior won't be tolerated."

But the trouble seemingly doesn't end there. Huntington police are investigating a second robbery that happened nearly 24 hours later just off campus along Buffington Avenue. This time, according to reports, it was for Papa John's Pizza. Police believe the two may be linked.

"Coach is trying to run a serious program and if he has to remove players for poor behavior, then that’s what he has to do as he’s trying to make us better," MU quarterback Ed Sullivan said.

All three of the dismissed players are from Florida and, interestingly, they're all from Palm Beach County.

Both Huntington and Marshall University police say this case is still open and the investigation ongoing. Fleurizard is expected back in court Aug. 13 for his preliminary hearing.



UPDATE 8/4/10 @ 1:05 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the three Marshall Football players dismissed from the team on Wednesday is now behind bars.

Michael Fleurizard II, 18, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with robbery.

According to a criminal complaint, on July 31, a pizza was being delivered to Fleurizard on Marshall's campus. Fleurizard is accused of throwing the pizza delivery man on the ground and kicking him while two other males grabbed the food and $290 in cash from the delivery man.

The delivery man was able to identify Fleurizard from a photo lineup.

The criminal complaint does not identify the other two people.

Fleurizard is being held in the Western Regional Jail on $50,000 bond. He could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the crime.

Fleurizard will appear in court at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/4/10 @ 10:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The first day of practice for the Marshall University football team was Wednesday.

It was also the day three freshman players were kicked off the team.

Head Coach Doc Holliday dismissed Antwon Chisholm, a running back from Belle Glade, Florida, Fred Pickett, a wide receiver from Phaokee, Florida and Mike Fleurizard, a defensive lineman from West Palm Beach, Florida.

Holliday said, "We have high expectations of our players and these three have not lived up to what we require of a Marshall University Football Player." Coach Holliday also said, "They have lost the privilege of playing football at Marshall and have been dismissed from our football team."

No more details are being released about why the players were let go.

Click the link below this story to check out the stats on all of the 2010 Marshall University recruits.

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