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Ex-football player agrees to plea deal in drug case

A former football player at Central Michigan University has pleaded guilty to a variety of drug charges. The man, a 20-year-old resident of Livonia, Michigan, entered the plea to charges pertaining to delivering and manufacturing narcotics, possessing narcotics and running a drug house, court records show.

Under a plea deal, the man was able to take part in the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. Under the law, people between the ages of 17 and 20 can serve probation or prison time, but their conviction will not be part of a permanent criminal record.

The man's attorney said the man entered the plea because he was unsure whether a jury would rule in his favor. He wants to go back to school, and pleading guilty was the easiest way to move forward with his life, according to the attorney. For an extended period of time, the man said he was not guilty of the charges.

The man was among four football players from the university who were arrested earlier this year. Officers on campus were looking into the disappearance of a phone, and that investigation led them to a dorm rom. There, they said they discovered hallucinogenic mushrooms in the bathroom used by the man and another football player.

These two players were among those removed from the football team by the coach.

His sentencing is scheduled for late October.

The man, however, also faces charges in Wayne County for his alleged involvement in a pair of home invasions. His attorney said that once all charges are settled, the man hopes to move to another state with his family, which recently relocated.

Young people make mistakes that they can regret for the rest of their lives. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act will give people such as this man an opportunity to have a fresh start and no criminal record as they enter the work world.

Source: Central Michigan Life, "Former CMU RB Austin White enters plea agreement on drug charges from April arrest," Aaron McMann, Oct. 9, 2012

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