Jerome Simpson: WR Simpson’s Guilty Plea
March 2, 2012 by staff
Jerome Simpson: WR Simpson’s Guilty Plea, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson could receive a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to a drug-related felony charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors, further clouding his future in the NFL.
A judge will decide next month whether to accept the prosecutors’ recommendation or give him a more lenient sentence.
The four-year veteran is a free agent after completing his contract with the Bengals. His guilty plea could bring a suspension from the league, which would make him less attractive on the free agent market.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email on Thursday that the case will be reviewed under the league’s substance abuse policy.
Simpson wore a dark gray suit and stood with his hands in his pockets for a hearing Thursday in Kenton County Circuit Court aimed at concluding a case that has hung over him since September, when a package containing approximately 2 pounds of marijuana was delivered to his home in northern Kentucky.
The package had been tracked by agents from California. Authorities later searched Simpson’s home and found approximately another pound of marijuana, county Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said after the hearing on Thursday.
He was indicted on a felony charge of marijuana trafficking. The agreement changes the charge – still a Class D felony – to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances.
“I don’t think Mr. Simpson deserves any special treatment one way or the other,” Sanders said after the hearing. “He doesn’t deserve any special breaks. He doesn’t deserve any harsher punishment.”
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