Sam Hurd Sentence

November 14, 2013 by  

Sam Hurd Sentence, Former Bears player Sam Hurd, who rose from the rough and poor San Antonio streets to the glamor of the NFL, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in trying to set up a massive drug operation spanning three states.

Hurd, 28, pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine and marijuana, just days before his trial was set to begin. He was charged with drug conspiracy, accused of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana beginning in July 2011 until June 6, 2012.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis noted that Hurd’s activity did not include many actual drug deals and was instead mostly “agreements.” Still, he described the scenario as “a tragedy” because Hurd — who had no criminal history — risked the success, accolades and family in his life.

“For some reason you chose to go another route and go down the drug trafficking route,” Solis told Hurd in a courtroom half-filled with Hurd’s family and friends. “You wanted to get into it in a big way. You didn’t just start nickel and diming it.”

When he heard the sentence, the former Northern Illinois player dropped his head and let out a sigh of relief and tears. Minutes earlier, he gave an emotional, if somewhat rambling, 30-minute plea apologizing for what he has done and describing in detail how he is trying to improve himself. He said he never has used or sold cocaine.

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