RALEIGH — N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton received a deferred prosecution in Wake County court Thursday for the assault on a female charge that led to his arrest in June.
If Thornton, the Wolfpacks leading rusher a year ago, meets the conditions of the courts agreement by next August, the charges will be dismissed and he will not have a criminal record.
Thornton, 20, must complete court-approved conflict resolution treatment, his attorney, Lee Turner, said Thursday.
N.C. State coach Dave Doeren suspended Thornton for the Wolfpacks season opener Aug. 31 against Louisiana Tech. Doeren was not available for comment Thursday.
Thornton was charged June 6 after an argument with his girlfriend at the campus library. According to the warrant for his arrest, Thornton grabbed her arm and pushed her against the wall.
Thornton has since reconciled with his girlfriend, also a student at N.C. State, according to Turner. She was in court with him Thursday and agreed to the deferred prosecution decision.
Thornton, a sophomore, led N.C. State with 694 rushing yards last season despite not playing in the first three games. His legal troubles and problems holding onto the ball in spring practice dropped him on the depth chart behind junior Tony Creecy and freshman Matt Dayes.
Thornton, who had no previous criminal record, left the courtroom Thursday without commenting.