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Virginia Tech reinstates suspended safety Devon Hunter

Nov 18, 2017; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Devon Hunter (7) and cornerback Greg Stroman (3) and assistant coach Zohn Burden celebrate after the game. The Hokies defeated the Panthers 20-14 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech reinstated safety Devon Hunter on Tuesday.

The redshirt junior was indefinitely suspended by the school and missed the entire 2020 season following an arrest for domestic assault.

“Devon has demonstrated remorse for his actions and understands the expectations for him going forward,” read a statement from Hokies coach Justin Fuente posted by the school on Twitter. “He recognizes and appreciates the opportunity to return to the program.”

Police in Christiansburg, Va., arrested Hunter in September 2020 on charges of strangling another causing wound or injury and assault on a family member.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney for Montgomery County Mary Pettitt, Hunter accepted a plea deal last month that reduced the charges to two counts of simple assault and battery. He was sentenced to 24 months, with 23 months and 28 days suspended.

In addition to the two-day jail term, he received 24 months of probation and must complete a domestic violence program and perform 100 hours of community service. He can not have contact with the victim and must abstain from drugs and alcohol.

“God Thank God for blessing me with another opportunity. Will not let you down. Time to go back to work,” Hunter posted Tuesday on Twitter.

Hunter played in 27 games for Virginia Tech from 2017-19, registering 25 tackles and one sack.

Hunter, from Chesapeake, Va., was rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com and a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports in the Class of 2017.

–Field Level Media