Two University of Wyoming student-athletes were kicked off their respective teams Wednesday after being arrested by Laramie police.
Sophomore men’s basketball player Shakir Smith and junior wrestler Patrick Martinez have charges pending at the Laramie Police Department.
Smith and Martinez were arrested Tuesday, and as of Wednesday afternoon both were being held in the Albany County jail.
Smith was arrested for larceny; Martinez for conspiracy to commit larceny.
But Laramie Police Department Commander Mitchell Cushman said Wednesday afternoon that the latter charge will not be pursued.
Cushman said police responded to a burglary at a Laramie apartment during the early morning hours of Sept. 29. Cushman said the investigation is still ongoing.
Larceny over $1,000 is a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both.
This is Smith’s second run-in with the law this year. In early June he pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor criminal entry and was fined $290 in an incident that involved UW forward Leonard Washington.
Smith, a 6-foot-1 guard from Tucson, Ariz., played in 15 games last season as a true freshman and averaged 0.5 points a game.
Martinez of Hemet, Calif., was 35-12 last season at 174 pounds and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where he went 1-2.
He was second on the team in wins, fourth in dual wins (10), fifth in dual points (40), fourth in pins (nine), second in technical falls (three) and fifth in major decisions (seven).
In 2010-11, he was 29-15 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
UW men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt, wrestling coach Mark Branch and UW refused comment on Wednesday.