In June 2022, just before starting at the University of Texas, Morris was charged with a Class A misdemeanor in an assault case involving his ex-girlfriend.
Kansas guard Arterio Morris has successfully negotiated a plea agreement in his Texas misdemeanor assault case, thus sidestepping a trial scheduled for October.
According to an article published by AP News, Kansas guard Arterio Morris has reached a plea deal in his misdemeanor assault case in Texas, avoiding a trial set for October.
Morris initially faced a Class A assault case misdemeanor charge for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend in June 2022, just before he began attending the University of Texas. Subsequently, he transferred to the University of Kansas after the 2022-2023 season.
The original assault case charge carried a potential sentence of up to one year in jail. After several trial postponements, Morris entered a nolo contendere (no contest) plea for a reduced charge of Class C assault case misdemeanor.
He has been ordered to pay a $362 fine. This type of plea allows Morris to accept the consequences of the assault case charge without formally admitting guilt.
According to an article published by SFGate, despite his legal troubles involving the assault case, Texas had permitted Morris, a highly regarded recruit from Dallas, to participate in all 38 games of the previous season.
During this time, the Longhorns made it to the NCAA Tournament’s regional final, with Morris contributing an average of nearly 12 minutes and 4.7 points per game. The plea deal concludes the assault case legal matter and may allow Morris to continue his collegiate basketball career without further legal impediments.