Lynn Katoa
Lynn Katoa (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

Former University of Colorado linebacker Lynn Katoa pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and felony menacing Wednesday in a 2011 case that landed the one-time star recruit on Boulder police's "most wanted" list.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped two counts of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault, criminal mischief and false reporting to authorities.

According to prosecutors, on Jan. 9, 2011, a group of friends were at a residence in the 900 block of Broadway when they heard Katoa yelling outside about his lost phone. One of the men went outside to try to help him but came back in, unable to find the phone.

A short while later, those in the residence said several objects were thrown at their window, breaking the glass. The group then went outside to see who had thrown the objects.

According to a police report, when the group encountered Katoa, he was "acting crazy" and "flipped out." He punched a woman in the jaw and began fighting with several of the other people in the group, then fled the scene, police said. Several of the people suffered broken noses, and others suffered bruises and cuts.

At the time of the assault, Katoa already was on intensive probation for a previous assault in 2008.

Katoa remained at large and was placed on the "most wanted" list until October, when he was involved in a traffic accident in Utah and extradited back to Boulder on an arrest warrant.

Because Katoa was on probation during the assault, he faces a mandatory three to six years in prison when he is sentenced May 10.

He remains in custody in the Boulder County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Katoa was a former five-star recruit for CU, but he never saw the field and was arrested three times during his time in Boulder.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329 or byarsm@dailycamera.com.