College athlete arrested in attack
Man’s jaw broken in October assault
A Colorado Mesa University football player accused of breaking a 20-year-old victim’s jaw in an alcohol-fueled encounter at the end of October is facing felony charges and potential expulsion.
William Stau Milo, a 22-year-old defensive nose tackle who wasn’t eligible to play in 2016 but was expected to return to the field next year, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree assault after a monthlong investigation into the attack.
The victim told police that he was picking up his girlfriend from a house at the corner of North 12th Street and Mesa Avenue on Oct. 29 when Milo started “harassing” his girlfriend.
“(The victim) stated out of nowhere the suspect punched him in the face causing him to nearly lose consciousness,” an arrest affidavit for Milo said. “(The victim) stated the suspect then walked away.”
The 20-year-old man – who didn’t know Milo personally but whose friends recognized him from the football team – was hospitalized with a broken jaw, the report said. His girlfriend told police she and other friends looked him up on the CMU football roster and recognized his picture.
Milo, who faces a possible tampering with a witness or a victim charge as well, denied any involvement with the assault, but changed his story several times about where he was that night. In a set of transcribed text messages included in arresting documents, Milo and another person appear to be getting a story straight to tell police.
“(The police) gonna come ask y’all if I was with y’all … so be ready lol,” one message from Milo’s friend said.
“Okay how late do I say you were with us” the person replied.
Another message from Milo’s phone responds “2” and a group of names of people he was with.
A later message from the other person says: “Okay they called us and we talked to them, we said we were with you guys all night!”
Police also discovered a message thread with a different person where Milo apparently said that if the victim didn’t drop charges, he’d be hurt again.
“Dude if he doesn’t drop it I’m (expletive)-ed yo lol and if this does go on I’m have this (guy) back into the hospital again but I ain’t gonna do it this time I’ll have someone else break his jaw again I swear to god,” one message from Milo’s phone said.
Milo was released from jail Thursday on a personal-recognizance bond after appearing in county court before Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson. He was issued a restraining order against the victim, and ordered he wear an ankle monitor to ensure he’s not drinking.
Milo is due to return to court at 8 a.m. Dec. 12 before District Judge Lance Timbreza.
CMU spokeswoman Dana Nunn said Milo is not currently suspended or expelled from the university.
“When he returns to campus, like any other student who’s involved in a serious criminal justice situation, we will talk with him but also do our own investigation independent of law enforcement,” Nunn said.
The university will look into whether Milo has broken its student code of conduct; if he has, potential penalties range from a warning to expulsion, Nunn said.
“At this point, these are allegations and there’s been no investigation done by the university,” Nunn said.
Nunn said that Milo is still listed as ineligible to play for the same reasons he was ineligible during the season, which have no connection to the criminal charges.
At 5-foot-10, 290 pounds, the junior from San Diego was voted the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason defensive player of the year before the 2016 season began. He was academically ineligible to play, but was allowed to practice and be on the sideline for games. Milo is considered one of the best defensive linemen in the conference, and in 2015 started all 11 games after redshirting the year before because of academic issues.
As a freshman in 2013, Milo was the RMAC co-defensive player of the year.
Staff writer Patti Arnold contributed to this report.