Judge To Decide Maurice Clarett Early Release Request


UPDATED: Wednesday February 10, 2010 3:36 PM

A Franklin County Common Pleas judge will decide whether to grant an early judicial release for former Ohio State football player Maurice Clarett.

Clarett is more than three years into a 7-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.

He withdrew a similar request last summer after Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien opposed it.  At that time, O'Brien said that Clarett's conduct off the playing field did not warrant special consideration.

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O'Brien said he will not oppose the latest request.

"He has served three and a half years in prison," O'Brien said. "I understand from looking at the prison records, back when he applied for a pardon, that he has a good prison record and I don't anticipate any negative things have happened in the past six months, so he's met his requirements that we imposed."

Judge David Fais, who sentenced Clarett, will decide on the request, 10TV News reported.

Clarett was the starting tailback on Ohio State's 2002 football team that went undefeated and won the national championship. He never played a game for the Buckeyes after that game.

He was a third-round draft choice by the Denver Broncos in 2005 but never played a game.

On Jan. 1, 2006, Clarett was charged with aggravated robbery after police said he flashed a gun at people outside a bar and robbed them of a cell phone. Then, on Aug. 9, Clarett was arrested after a chase when police said that they tried to stop him for a traffic violation.

O'Brien's office said that Clarett had an AK-47 weapon with 35 live rounds in the magazine and three pistols in his vehicle. He was wearing a bulletproof vest. Investigators also found an open bottle of Grey Goose vodka and a hatchet. He was arrested about one mile away from the house of the robbery victims.

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August 5, 2009:  Clarett Withdraws Clemency Request
June 18, 2009:  Clarett Asks Governor For Pardon