UNLV’s Tre’Von Willis pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charge

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UNLV guards Tre’Von Willis and Kendall Wallace walk off the court after their Mountain West Conference championship game Saturday, March 13, 2010, against San Diego State University.

Tre'Von Willis' booking photo after his arrest by Henderson Police.

Tre'Von Willis' booking photo after his arrest by Henderson Police.

UNLV men's basketball player Tre'Von Willis has entered a not guilty plea in Henderson Municipal Court to one misdemeanor count of coercion in connection with an incident involving a female acquaintance last month.

Willis, 22, is charged in connection with felony counts of domestic battery by strangulation and grand larceny, and one misdemeanor count of coercion. He was booked into the Henderson Detention Center in June but has posted bail of $18,637. He has denied any physical altercation, according to an arrest report.

Willis entered the not guilty plea for the coercion count through his attorney via fax on July 19. He is scheduled to stand trial at 10 a.m. Sept. 22. He has an August court date in Henderson Justice Court on the felony charges.

Henderson Police spokesman Todd Rasmussen has said a woman, identified as 28-year-old Skye Sanders, reported the alleged attack about 3 a.m. June 29 at the Wild Horse Apartments, 2338 N. Green Valley Parkway.

Sanders told officers she had been involved in a dating relationship with Willis for a year and a half, the report said. She said they often argued about her not devoting enough attention to him, which allegedly spurred the dispute, police said in the report.

Authorities said the two began arguing because Sanders was sending text messages to her friends instead of spending time with Willis. Willis then allegedly grabbed Sanders' purse and emptied its contents in an attempt to find her car keys, the report said. She began laughing at Willis because her keys weren't in the purse, and he allegedly grabbed her around the throat, police said.

Sanders told officers Willis placed both of his hands around her throat and began choking her on top of a bed. She said she couldn't breathe and was fearful of Willis because he had never acted that way, the report said.

Investigators said Sanders tried to maneuver away from Willis by kicking him in the legs and stomach with her feet. The Rebels' 6-foot-4 senior guard then allegedly placed his entire body onto her so she couldn't move, police said in the report.

Sanders said she begged Willis to stop and he released her neck, but placed his right forearm across her throat to choke her, the report said. She began to cry and Willis removed his forearm, police said.

Willis got off Sanders, grabbed his car keys and started to leave the apartment when she told him she was going to call police. Willis then took her cell phone and left, the report said.

Police made numerous attempts to contact Willis by phone and in person. Rasmussen said officers arrested Willis at his apartment in the 4200 block of Spencer Street about 10:30 a.m. that morning. He made a voluntary statement to police that he had been at the apartment with Sanders and they had a verbal argument, not a physical altercation.

Willis, a Fresno, Calif., native, was a first-team all-Mountain West performer last season after averaging 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Rebels.

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  1. First!!

    Good luck Trevon. I'm hoping you beat these allegations.

  2. Tre'von is a good man. There is no way he did anything like they're saying.

  3. Can't wait for all this drama to come to an end, and waiting for all the friends of both sides to again strike up ridiculous conversations on it.

    Innocent until proven guilty people, please keep that in mind, and unless you are an attorney for both sides, your $.02 are useless and annoying.

  4. I totally agree with your last sentence Sofa!

  5. Rebel Robert, welcome back under your upteenth username. Your comments on Hauck in the other thread are always the same, and your basketball outlook is as well. We'll all enjoy watching you eat crow AGAIN this year when we make it to the NCAA tournament...AGAIN.

    I hope you find happiness in your life.

  6. innocent until proven guilty.

  7. Obviously being very selfish but I sure am keeping my fingers crossed that this will not derail Tre's senior season. Could be a very nice year. Pieces are in place to make a good run. If Carlos and QT can solidify our front line with lots of rebounding, some good defense and occasional post scoring we could all have lots of fun. Our backcourt will be as deep and as talented as any in the country. Runnin' Rebels!

  8. "Sanders said she begged Willis to stop and he released her neck, but placed his right forearm across her throat to choke her, the report said. She began to cry and Willis removed his forearm, police said."

    Felony strangulation reduced to a misdemeanor! I guess as long as you play ball all is good, what's he going to pull next murder? Idiots.

  9. MG: did you not read... "Sanders said..."

  10. MG, you can't read

  11. also note that felony and misdemeanors are not tried in the same court.

  12. misdemeanor? Must have got the athlete downgrade.

  13. 2 felony charges?

    i thought the rj reported that the da only filed one felony charge.

  14. any news on bodies that would fill tre's scholarship if he ends up getting booted?

  15. Trevon is inocent until proven guilty.

    Time will give us the answer

  16. Be on the look out for unmarked vehicles with NCAA plates. They will try to put this one on Tarkanian just to add insult to injury. I wish Trevon and the alleged victom the best...