Marijuana charges against NC State running back Shadrach Thornton dismissed

Posted by Joe Giglio on March 5, 2014 

N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton cleared up his legal trouble on Wednesday.

A misdemeanor marijuana charge from December against Thornton was dismissed in Wake County court on Wednesday, his attorney Lee Turner said.

Thornton had been charged on Dec. 4 for misdemeanor marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession after the N.C. State University Police Department had gone to his apartment to interview him in a sexual battery case.

The Wake County district attorney has subsequently reviewed that case and declined to prosecute Thornton. That leaves the deferred prosecution from an assault on a female charge from Aug. 2013 as Thornton's only legal issue. Thornton, 20, is on track with the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement, according to Turner.

N.C. State coach Dave Doeren suspended Thornton after the December marijuana charge and said on Monday Thornton's status wouldn't change until all his legal issues were resolved.

"He is with the team every day," Doeren said of Thornton on Monday. "He trains with the team, I'm around him every day. That's the only way to help him grow as a person. Putting him in a box by himself is not going to help Shad."

Thornton, who will be a junior in the 2014 season, has led the Wolfpack in rushing his first two seasons. He ran for 768 yards and scored four touchdowns in 11 games last season. He was suspended one game for the original legal charge.

Former N.C. State safety J.J. Jones, who was also charged with Thornton on Dec. 4 for the marijuana possession, also had his charges dismissed on Wednesday.

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