Ohio State's Williams pleads not guilty to shoplifting

Updated: December 16, 2008, 3:26 PM ET
Associated Press

FAIRBORN, Ohio -- Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams pleaded not guilty Tuesday to shoplifting shirts at a Dayton-area mall.

Williams entered his plea through his attorney. The freshman was arrested last Wednesday after being accused of shoplifting three shirts valued at $80 from the Macy's department store.

Williams previously said he was with a friend, and that the alarm went off as they left the store. Williams said his friend told him he had the three shirts, and Williams agreed to take the shirts and the blame. Williams said the friend has been in legal trouble before and could have gone to jail if charged with shoplifting.

If convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor, Williams could face up to six months in jail.


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