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Prosecutor wants Jail for former Mr. Football

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, May 18, 2007.

  1. Another tale of wasted talent:

    Prosecutor wants jail time for former Mr. Football

    CLEVELAND (AP) -A prosecutor wants a former winner of the stateás highest high school football honor to go jail for failing to live up to his promise turn his life around following his guilty plea to an involuntary manslaughter charge.
    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said he will ask that Raymond Williams, 21, be sent to jail after several run-ins with authorities.
    Williams was in court last week in Toledo to face theft and trespassing charges. He also was charged recently with driving under the influence, Mason said.
    "This is his third strike," Mason said. "It appears he was given an opportunity to turn his life around and he hasn't done that."
    The prosecutor will seek a probation violation hearing.
    Williams' lawyers could not be reached for comment.
    Williams was one of the nation's top high school players in 2003 at Benedictine High School when he won The Associated Press Mr. Football award.
    He ran for a touchdown in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior year, playing alongside future college stars Ted Ginn Jr. and Adrian Peterson.
    Williams was headed to West Virginia University to play football until he was charged just before graduation with taking part in a botched robbery attempt that left one of his teammates dead.
    West Virginia withdrew the scholarship after the shooting.
    Prosecutors said Williams was the mastermind of the robbery and earlier that night had robbed a boy of $20 and a cell phone.
    Williams pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery charges. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to go to college and maintain good grades or he could face three years in prison.
    He promised to turn his life around. "If I don't play another down, I won't be mad," he told the judge at his sentencing.
    Williams enrolled at the University of Toledo and planned to play football there. But he never played for the Rockets because his grades were not good enough.
    Toledo coach Tom Amstutz said Williams knew it was his last chance.
    He was accused of stealing a wireless recording system from the school's bookstore in January. He also was accused of failing to confine a pit bull.
    The theft charge was dismissed as long as he paid restitution and stayed away from the campus.
    Former assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor said Williams deserves jail.
    "He'a been given enough chances," said Thomas Cahill, who handled the robbery case. "He's been given break after break."
    Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com
  2. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Well at least this kid actually committed a crime........

    Unlike the one kid in Georgia whose only crime was to get a blow job from a younger girl. Heck, that shouldn't have put him in prison, it should have boosted his poll numbers and put him at the front of the pack in the field of Democratic candidates for President.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I am shocked... a last-chance football player who headed to Toledo.
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I don't care whether he offered to turn his life around, he was part of a robbery where someone ended up dead. Never should've gotten the get-out-of-jail-free card in the first place.
  5. But he was going to attend West Virginia? College home of Pacman Jones, Chris Henry and scores of other underappreciated, overly-talented future NFL troublemakers.

    or wait sorry ...

    But he was going to attend West Virginia?

    Fixed ;D
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