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Boise State football player arrested on felony strangulation charge

Boise State tight end David Lucero tries to stay in bounds after making a second-half catch against BYU on Sept. 12, 2015, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.
Boise State tight end David Lucero tries to stay in bounds after making a second-half catch against BYU on Sept. 12, 2015, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. Statesman file

Boise State redshirt freshman tight end David Lucero was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of attempted strangulation, according to Ada County Jail records.

Lucero has been suspended indefinitely from the football team, the school announced.

Lucero has appeared in nine games this season. He has four catches for 63 yards as the fifth man in the tight end rotation.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when a judge will set his bond.

From Boise Police:

“Boise Police officers responded to a call of a fight in progress at a residence near the intersection of South Shoshone Street and Cherry Lane at 10:48 p.m. on Monday, November 16. Witnesses told officers an adult male and adult female known to each other were verbally arguing when the argument turned physical. Following further investigation, officers contacted the male suspect, identified as Lucero, on Tuesday morning. Officers took Lucero into custody and transported him to the Ada County Jail where he was booked under the above charge.”

Under Idaho law, attempted strangulation involves the willful and unlawful choking or attempt to strangle of a household member or person with whom the perpetrator has or has had a dating relationship. The crime is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. No injuries are required to prove the crime. The prosecutor must prove an intent to choke or strangle, not necessarily to injure. The law was added in 2005.

The Idaho State Board of Education has a policy that any student-athlete convicted of a felony after enrollment is ineligible to compete at any public college or university in the state.

On Nov. 3, 2014, Lucero pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of underage possession or consumption of alcohol, according to court records.

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