Police arrest former Peru State basketball player in weekend stabbing of two football players

Police arrest former Peru State basketball player in weekend stabbing of two football players
Jeffland Neverson, 24, arrested for 1st degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony. (Photo Courtesy: Nemaha County Sheriff's Office)

PERU, NE – A former member of the Peru State College men’s basketball team has been arrested in connection to a disturbance that resulted in three men, including two football players and a basketball player, being sent to the hospital with stab wounds Saturday night.

Jeffland R. Neverson, age 24 of Brooklyn, NY, was taken into custody without incident Monday morning at a residence in Peru. He is being held at the Nemaha County Jail on a charge of first degree assault and the use of a weapon to commit a felony. He is on temporary suspension from Peru State College pending the investigation.

Neverson, who is still enrolled at the college, was a guard on the 2015-2016 men’s basketball team, according to the school’s website. He averaged 7.6 points per game during his senior season, where the Bobcats qualified for the national tournament.

The arrest comes two days after a number of Peru State College students were reportedly involved in an altercation with each other near the 1000 block of 5th Street, according to the investigation.

Three student-athletes from the college sustained cut and stab wounds. Football players, linebacker Elijah Lavalais-Hawkins, 20, and running back Larry Hodnett, 19, were both transported to the Nemaha County Hospital and then flown with non-life threatening injuries by medical helicopter to Bryan Trauma Center in Lincoln.

A third victim, Anthony Hemingway (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 23, was treated and released from the Nemaha County Hospital Sunday. Hemingway is a new member of the basketball team this season. He transferred from Monroe (N.Y.) Community College.

Lavalais-Hawkins (Omaha, NE) led the team in tackles (11) Saturday vs. Missouri Valley. Hodnett (Riverdale, GA) has rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns for the Bobcats this season. He has also caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.

The investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol and Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office continues.


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