- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Tennessee defensive lineman Michael Sawyers has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft.

Sawyers was booked on a felony theft charge in April after police said he stole an Xbox and three video games from a dorm room on March 13. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge Wednesday.

Sawyers’ lawyer, Keith Lee Lieberman, said Sawyers can have the charge dismissed and dropped from his record if he pays restitution and court costs and stays out of trouble for the next 11 months, 29 days. Restitution was set at $176.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced in February that Sawyers had been dismissed from the team for violations of athletic and team policies. Sawyers, 19, appeared in four games and made two tackles as a freshman last season.


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