Dec 31, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Chris Boyd (80) catches a pass for a touchdown against North Carolina State Wolfpack safety Dontae Johnson (25) during the first half of the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd pleads guilty to erasing video in rape case


The Vanderbilt Commodores returned their biggest playmakers from last year in receivers Chris Boyd and Jordan Matthews. With both bypassing the NFL to return this year, they were looking like one of the best WR-tandems in college football entering the year.

But Boyd is apparently tied to the ongoing rape case involving four former Vanderbilt players, and police believe Boyd attempted to help his former teammates cover up their crime.

Today, Boyd pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge involving “criminal intent” to be an accessory after the fact to avoid felony conviction:

Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd cut a deal with prosecutors Friday morning, avoiding a felony conviction and giving him the chance to instead have a misdemeanor conviction that would eventually be wiped from his record.

Boyd, 21, of Roswell, Ga., had been charged with accessory after the fact, a Class E felony that could have put him away for up to two years in prison. In Friday’s deal,he pleaded guilty to a lesser crime involving “criminal intent” to be an accessory after the fact.



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