Virginia Tech's Michael Holmes released from jail on $2,500 bond

After spending nearly 21/2 days in Montgomery County jail, Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes was released Tuesday on a $2,500 bond after appearing in Montgomery County General District court in Christiansburg.

Holmes, 19, had been in jail since being arrested at 1:50 a.m. Sunday in connection with a fight in the 200 block of College Avenue in Blacksburg that resulted in him being charged with one count of malicious wounding, a felony, and two counts of assault and battery, a misdemeanor.

He's been indefinitely suspended from Tech's football team until the felony charge is resolved or dropped, in accordance with university and athletic department policies.

If he's found guilty of the felony, university and athletic department policies dictate he'll be kicked off the team. Holmes is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing June 13 in Montgomery County General District court.

Malicious wounding is a Class 3 felony in Virginia, carrying authorized punishments for conviction of five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Simple assault and battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries an authorized punishment for conviction of up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

The altercation involved Holmes' current girlfriend and his ex-girlfriend, according to Holmes' attorney Jimmy Turk. One person was transported to Lewis-Gale Montgomery Regional Hospital after the fight, where the victim was treated and released. Two other victims were treated at the scene.

Ciara Monet Simms, a sophomore track and field athlete at Tech, was arrested Sunday evening and Kierra Shacruee Barnes, a 20-year-old Radford resident, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the incident. Simms and Barnes were charged with assault and battery.

Holmes, a 6-foot, 215-pound rising sophomore who graduated from Harrisonburg High in Harrisonburg, shared first-team tailback duties in last Saturday's spring football game at Tech with J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds. Holmes led all running backs in the game with seven carries for 24 yards.

Last season, Holmes had 70 carries for 280 yards and four touchdowns. He started five of Tech's first six games. In Tech's last four games, he only had one carry for minus-two yards, and didn't play against Florida State or at Boston College.

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