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Six-month sentence reduced in plea bargain

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back William Green
began serving a three-day jail sentence Monday after reaching
a plea agreement on drunken driving charges.

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.