By Richard Podhajsky
IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa wrestler who lied to police after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg has agreed to a plea deal and paid a fine.
Court records show Sam Stoll, 21, of Paddock Circle, agreed to the plea deal on Monday, with prosecutors changing the charge against him from False Report to a Public Entity to Disorderly Conduct. Both are simple misdemeanors.
Judge Jason Burns then sentenced Stoll on Tuesday to pay a $150 fine, which records show Stoll has already paid.
Stoll, a senior heavyweight on the wrestling team, went to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics early the morning of June 19 with a gunshot wound near his knee. He had surgery that day and was released.
He was criminally charged about 10 days later after police said he told multiple lies about how he suffered the injury. Arrest reports indicate Stoll initially told police he shot himself while sitting in his garage. After an investigation proved that story false, he allegedly claimed he had been shot while playing a prank on a friend.
But police that story was also a lie and Stoll eventually admitted to being shot at a Valley Avenue apartment, saying he lied because he didn’t want a friend to get in trouble. No one else has been charged in the incident, though court records show a search warrant was served to Stoll and fellow wrestlers Vince Turk and Dan Murphy.
Stoll has been a multi-year starter on the wrestling team, twice making the NCAA Tournament, including a fifth-place finish last season.