A former Fitchburg State University student who was arrested while wearing a military-style ammunition belt on campus the day after he was expelled has been sentenced to a year of probation. Andrew Despres of New Bedford was arrested in December after being expelled for other infractions, then charged with illegal possession of a belt of semiautomatic-rifle ammunition, even though the shell casings had no bullets in them and were inert. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that Despres, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to the trespassing charge and that the ammunition charge was dismissed. His lawyer and his mother said the ammo belt was simply a fashion statement.
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