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Connecticut college student accused of false rape claim rejects plea deal

January 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Connecticut college student accused of false rape claim rejects plea deal

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A former Connecticut college student accused of a false rape claim against two football players will stand trial after rejecting a plea deal.

The Connecticut Post reported that Nikki Yovino, 19, refused a plea deal Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. Prosecutors proposed a two-year prison sentence and a judge offered one-year sentence.

The South Setauket, New York native accused two football players at Sacred Heart University of sexually assaulting her during a party that took place in October 2016. The players countered these claims and said the incident was consensual.

Authorities said Yovino confessed to making up the false rape claim because she was concerned that another student would lose romantic interest in her when he learned out about the sexual encounter.

Yovino’s attorney Ryan O’Neill said that they’re eager to provide the whole story to a jury.

“Rejecting any kind of deal is part of the trial process,” said Stamford lawyer, O’Neill said. “We’re eager to get this case—especially the whole story of what happened and didn’t happen at that party—in front of a jury. There’s much more to this case than what’s being reported.”

The judge presiding over the case tentatively scheduled the trial to go before a jury on Feb. 21st

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