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Sheldon Richardson Pleads Guilty; Gets Probation and Community Service

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Sheldon Richardson has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his arrest in Missouri over the summer.

\New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson avoided jail time Tuesday after pleading guilty to reduced charges connected to a high-speed police chase in suburban St. Louis. A St. Charles County judge sentenced the former University of Missouri star to two years of probation and community service after his July arrest for driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on an interstate highway near his offseason home.

The five misdemeanor charges included one for resisting arrest, for which Richardson could have spent up to one year in jail. Richardson’s guilty plea to the most serious offense will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes probation.

It is unclear whether Richardson will face discipline from the NFL. For what it is worth, his attorney does not seem to think so.