Six-month sentence reduced in plea bargain
Green, recently reinstated by the NFL after his suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, reported to the city jail immediately following his sentencing in nearby Rocky River Municipal Court.
Police Capt. Guy Turner said Green will not receive any special treatment while serving his time other than careful screening of any cell mate.
"I've got to watch who else he's in with," Turner said. "I've got to pay more attention to some of these other knuckleheads in here."
Green has been cooperative throughout the case, including his Oct. 27 arrest, Turner said. "He took responsibility for his actions," he said.
Judge Maureen Adler Graves sentenced the 24-year-old to six months but suspended all but three days if Green complies with terms of his one year of probation, which includes staying drug and alcohol free.
In exchange for Green's no contest plea to drunken driving, prosecutors dropped charges of possessing marijuana and making an improper lane change.
His lawyer, Brian P. Downey, said Green is remorseful and committed to straightening out his life.
"In court, he apologized to his family, the Browns' organization and to Browns fans," Downey said. "He understands what he needs to do."
Green has been working out daily for three weeks at the team's training facility in Berea and is following a treatment program, Downey said.
Last week, Browns president Carmen Policy pledged the team's support in helping Green stay sober.
"At this point, William seems very much on board," Policy said.
Following Green's arrest, the league suspended the second-year back for four games, then extended the penalty for the rest of the season so Green could get substance abuse treatment in Boston.
He missed eight games for the suspension and one with a shoulder injury. Green had rushed for 559 yards and one touchdown before his arrest.
As a rookie, the former Boston College star rushed for 887 yards -- 726 in his final seven games -- while leading the Browns to the AFC playoffs.
Green also was hospitalized Nov. 19 with a stab wound to his back. His fiancee, Asia Gray, has pleaded innocent to a charge stemming from the altercation in Green's home.
Earlier this month, Green was denied a request to reunite with Gray, whose trial is scheduled for March 5.
Green was 12 when his father, a heroin addict, died of AIDS. His mother died of the disease a year later, and Green was left to help raise his five siblings in Atlantic City, N.J.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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