Jerome Simpson sentenced to jail, probation for drug charge

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.