PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dozens of people showed up in court Friday to support a Portland State University football player. A grand jury indicted Jonathan Boland and two other teens for a string of convenience store robberies.
All three pleaded not guilty in court.
“This is kind of like heartbreaking to see him going through something like this. Because I know in my heart that's not who he is. And obviously, we've got basically all of Portland here,” said friend Michael Hurlic.
Hurlic was one of many crowding the courtroom Friday morning to show support. Boland appeared on video. He was polite to the judge as he heard the grand jury indictment.
In the beginning of October, Boland and two other 19-year-olds, Saadiq Calhoun and Emma Ogden, hit up three convenience stories in a period of three days, police said.
- October 5, 2016: Duniway Market, 2417 SW 5th Ave.
- October 6, 2016: Plaid Pantry, 14090 NE Sandy Blvd.
- October 7, 2016: Plaid Pantry, 10255 NE Glisan St.
Court documents say the teens had a gun and threatened to use it. For now, all three remain behind bars. Boland is suspended from the football team while this legal process takes place.
Outside the courtroom his family and friends comforted each other, some moved to tears.
“It’s sad, because he had a lot going for him. But I know he’s a tough person. He has clearly a big support system,” said friend Daniel Baker. “He'll get through it, it’s just another road bump, and God has a plan for everybody. That's what I believe.”