Penguins player, others get plea deal in party charges

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Penguins center Jordan Staal and others arrested last month following his brother Eric's bachelor party were offered a plea bargain today in Cook County Court in Marais, Minn.

Jordan Staal and Eric Staal, who plays for Carolina, did not appear in court and have not formally accepted the plea but could do so through a lawyer later this month, according to one of their agents, Paul Krepelka.

"No one is doing any jail time," Krepelka said.

Fourteen men were arrested in the early morning of July 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Jordan Staal, 18, also was charged with underage drinking.

Ten of those arrested agreed to the plea deal, which calls for a reduced charge of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a $587 fine. Jordan Staal would also face a $150 fine for the underage drinking charge.

The Staal brothers are from Thunder Bay, Ontario, about two hours from Cook County.

Krepelka said the main issue yet to be resolved is an assurance that the non-criminal petty misdemeanors would not affect the players' passport status and border crossing between Canada and the United States.

"The lawyers believe there would not be a problem, but we are checking with U.S. immigration to make sure their visas would not be affected," he said.

Krepelka said the issue probably will be resolved sometime after Eric returns from his honeymoon next week.


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