COVINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky judge has sentenced former Reidsville Rams star and current Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson to 15 days in jail and three years’ probation for a drug-related charge.
The judge in Covington on Thursday reduced the jail time from the 60 days recommended by prosecutors in a plea agreement.
Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to the felony charge resulting from about 2 pounds of marijuana shipped to his northern Kentucky home in September.
Simpson was indicted on a felony charge of marijuana trafficking. The plea agreement changed the charge to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances, also a felony.
The judge said Simpson could wait until 6 p.m. to turn himself in at the jail. Simpson also will have to serve 200 hours of community service, undergo drug testing and pay a $7,500 fine.
Simpson, a Reidsville native, helped the Rams win consecutive state football titles in 2002 and 2003, as well as the state basketball title in 2003. The Bengals drafted him in 2008 as a second-round pick from Coastal Carolina.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.