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Overcrowding keeps star RB from behind bars

8/7/2004 - Texas Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas running back Cedric Benson completed
the terms of his eight-day jail sentence Saturday without spending
any time behind bars.

Benson was sentenced to jail Friday after pleading no contest to
misdemeanor criminal trespassing during the 2003 season.

But due to jail crowding, he was able to avoid jail time by
earning four days credit for good behavior, two days time served
when he was arrested and two days for checking in Friday and
Saturday, Travis County sheriff's department spokesman Roger Wade
said.

Wade said Benson checked in at the Travis County Correctional
Complex in Del Valle on Saturday morning and was released a short
time later after paying his $1,000 fine. Benson also was ordered to
pay restitution of about $500.

The 21-year Midland native was arrested and charged in October,
when police said he kicked down the door of an Austin apartment in
a failed attempt to recover a plasma television he had reported
stolen.

Benson is expected to report to campus Monday with his teammates
and participate in the first preseason practice Tuesday.