Paul Krepelka, the agent who represents both players, said the prosecutor in Cook County, Minn., offered to settle the case by having the Staals plead guilty to a petty misdemeanour for disorderly conduct. Charges of obstructing the legal process are to be dropped against both players, Krepelka said.
Ten of the 14 young men charged after complaints of screaming, yelling and loud music appeared in court and accepted the same deal Wednesday, Krepelka said.
The Staals were to appear in court at a later date, in part because Eric Staal is still on his honeymoon, Krepelka said.
If they accept the deal, they will each be fined US$587 for disorderly conduct. Jordan Staal, 18, will also pay a US$150 fine for underage drinking, Krepelka said.
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday to his office in Grand Marais, Minn.
The Cook County attorney and the Staals’ lawyers want to make sure the guilty pleas will not affect their visa status or ability to travel between Canada and the United States. The Staals are from Thunder Bay, Ont., about two hours from the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, Minn., where they were arrested about July 21 about 4 a.m.
“They don’t think it’s an issue, but we’re just getting confirmation from U.S. Immigration about that,” Krepelka said.
The Cook County sheriff said the group was warned multiple times before finally being ordered to leave the resort. At that point, they began harassing motorists on a nearby road and were arrested.