Electronic home monitoring OK’d for Pryor stabbing defendant

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has decided that a woman charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault in a Pittsburgh stabbing that critically injured former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor can be released on electronic home monitoring.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning ruled Tuesday that 24-year-old Shalaya Briston will only be permitted to leave the home for court proceedings. Defense attorney Lee Rothman cited his client’s employment and lack of a criminal record. A preliminary hearing in her case is scheduled Thursday.

Pryor, 30, was taken to a hospital early Nov. 30 following what police called a dispute with “mutual combatants” in an apartment on the city’s North Side. He faces a charge of simple assault.

Rothman and Deputy District Attorney Mike Sullivan told the judge Tuesday that Pryor’s attorney, Steve Colafella, had told them that his client doesn’t object to Briston’s release. The prosecutor said the commonwealth had no strong feelings on the issue. Rothman has said that Briston was acting in self-defense.

Pryor, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was considered one of the top high school football players in the country when he signed with the Buckeyes in 2008. At Ohio State, Pryor started as a freshman and was the Rose Bowl MVP during his sophomore season in 2009. He was tied for the most touchdown passes in school history at 57 and second-most wins with 31 total victories at the end of his career, according to the university’s athletics department.

After Pryor’s illustrious Ohio State career ended in 2011, he spent time with nine NFL teams including the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He most recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was waived in September after a hamstring injury.