Green Bay Packers Johnny Jolly sentence to probation after being charged with possession of codeine

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Green Bay Packers Johnny Jolly sentence to probation after being charged with possession of codeine

Johnny Jolly, defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, was sentenced to five years of deferred adjudication for charges of drug possession on Thursday.

District Judge Denise Bradley gave him the sentence, which is a form of probation that will erase the charges from Jolly’s permanent record if he does not commit an offense within his probation period.

Jolly’s attorney, Carl Moore, made a deal with prosecutors that will erase his previous drug charge and will also keep him out of prison if he stays out of trouble during his five year probation. Jolly could have faced a maximum of 20 years in prison if he was convicted of his latest charge. He was first arrested outside of a nightclub in Houston, Texas with 200 grams of codeine, which is a banned substance.

He pleaded guilty to that charge and was then suspended without pay for the 2010 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after which he was again arrested in March of this year after he was pulled over on a traffic violation and police found 600 grams of codeine and another bottle of an unknown substance. During Jolly’s suspension for the 2010 season, the Packers won the Super Bowl without him.

The agreement stated that the newer charge would be dropped if he pleaded guilty to the previous charge but probation was not in the agreement, according to prosecutor Todd Keagle.

"I did not agree to give him probation. The judge used her experience and her best judgment in deciding what to do," Keagle said. "It's not uncommon in this courthouse for that to happen, where we don't offer probation and the judge gives someone probation."

Jolly had been incarcerated since his arrest in March and appeared at brie hearing in which he was sentenced to probation. He was also told to stay away from nightclubs and bars and to not use any drugs or drink any alcohol while on probation. Jolly was also required to undergo a drug treatment program for 90 days at a facility.

Moore said that he will start treatment on Monday and that "I think he's going to get the help he needs.”

Jolly plans to receive treatment at a facility in the Houston area which is run by John Lucas, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and coach who also had his own problems with drugs and alcohol. Lucas attended the hearing with Jolly’s mother.

When asked how he was going to help Jolly, Lucas replied "To save his life and get him back on track. I'm looking forward to helping him."

Jolly still hopes that he can get back to the NFL and continue his playing career.