CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. -- Former New York Giants wide receiver Mark Ingram pleaded not guilty Thursday to a bail-jumping charge stemming from his failure to show on the day he was scheduled to begin serving a money laundering and bank fraud sentence.
Ingram, a star on the Giants' 1991 Super Bowl championship team, went on the lam in December after a judge refused his request to delay his prison sentence so he could watch his son play football at the University of Alabama.
He was arrested Jan. 2 in a motel room near his hometown of Grand Blanc, Mich., hours before Alabama was beaten by Utah in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Ingram was reportedly sitting on his bed, watching TV in his underwear.
The new charge is the latest in a litany of court appearances for the Giants' former No. 1 draft pick since his retirement from the NFL more than a decade ago.
Ingram, already sentenced to 92 months on a money laundering and bank fraud conviction, could see two years or more added to his sentence if he is convicted of the latest charge, a prosecutor said.
He was sentenced last September after pleading guilty in November 2005 to laundering money he believed to be proceeds from narcotics deals and to bank fraud for cashing counterfeit checks. His sentencing was delayed as he tried to revoke the plea, fired several court-appointed attorneys and made what prosecutors termed "outlandish" legal arguments.
James Neville, his court-appointed attorney on the bail-jumping charge, declined to comment.
Since his retirement, he has tangled frequently with law enforcement. In 2001, he was sentenced to six months in federal prison after he was caught with $3,290 in counterfeit cash. He then served a year in jail in 2004 after pleading guilty to stealing a credit card from a Flint golf course.
A felony charge of breaking and entering to steal a purse from a parked car in Michigan was dismissed in 2007 because of a lack of evidence.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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