Williams settles shoplifting case

Updated: April 28, 2009, 4:14 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams settled his shoplifting case after pleading guilty to a reduced charge and paying a $150 fine.

Williams was arrested Dec. 10 and accused of stealing three shirts valued at approximately $80 from a Macy's department store at a mall in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Mall security stopped Williams and a friend after an alarm went off at Macy's. Williams later told reporters that the friend had taken the shirts but Williams agreed to take the blame because the friend had previous legal problems and would have gone to jail if caught.

Williams initially pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor theft and possession of criminal tools.

He appeared in nine games last fall for Ohio State and recorded 18 tackles and two sacks.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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