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Agent: Eric, Jordan Staal offered plea deals in Minnesota case

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Agent: Eric, Jordan Staal offered plea deals in Minnesota case

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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 accepted the same deal Wednesday, Krepelka said. Two of them appeared in court; the others submitting written petitions to plead guilty, said Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell.

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.

"It is an appropriate disposition for the allegations," Scannell said. "The fine is not insignificant for most of the people charged."

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.

"It was a party that got too loud," Scannell said. "I don't think it was anything malicious. There was no criminal intent in what I saw."

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