Ex-NFL player avoids jail in plea deal

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - An ex-NFL wide receiver agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid jail time and receive no fine after he was arrested twice in one day.

The Press Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1kkIkv4 ) that Titus Young’s attorney entered the guilty plea for him Friday in Riverside Superior Court. The 24-year-old did not appear.

Moreno Valley police arrested Young twice on May 5: first, on suspicion of driving under the influence and then for allegedly climbing into a police impound yard to retrieve his Ford Mustang.

In exchange for agreeing to plead guilty, prosecutors dismissed the two misdemeanor counts of trespassing filed against Young and reduced the case to an infraction for disturbing the peace.

Young was not given jail time or a fine, but he was charged a $35 court fee.

After his arrest, Young’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child filed a restraining order against him. Days later, he was arrested for allegedly trying to break into a San Clemente home and fighting with police. Young is also accused of stealing items from a Laguna Hills gas station while holding his infant son.

In all, Young faces 11 charges in Orange County Superior Court, including four felony burglary counts. He’s scheduled to appear in court March 20 and remains free on $50,000 bond.

The former Detroit Lions wide receiver was drafted in 2011. But he was benched for detrimental conduct and released from the team after the 2012 season.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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