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Breaking News: UofO running back James will change his plea

EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon star running back LaMichael James is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a change of plea hearing and sentencing, according to court records.

Springfield police arrested James on Feb. 17 on suspicion of strangulation, fourth degree assault and menacing.

James pleaded not guilty to the five misdemeanor counts and spent a night in jail before being released on house arrest.

His 22-year-old accuser told police the incident happened on Feb. 15 after 7 p.m. outside the Gateway Street apartment where James lives. She told police she went to the apartment, there was an altercation and that James put his hands on her throat.

She did not report the incident to police until 7:45 p.m. Feb 16.

Police later arrested James at a Kinsrow Avenue apartment complex and booked him into the Lane County Jail.

James, who set a new rushing record for a freshman at the UO, was also named the Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league. He shared team honors for Most Outstanding Player with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.