Ex-Ohio State Player Clarett To Leave Prison


UPDATED: Wednesday April 7, 2010 3:33 PM

Former Ohio State football player Maurice Clarett is expected to be transferred to a halfway house on Wednesday and will be out of prison.

Clarett is scheduled to meet with Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Fais, who is expected to grant the former running back an early release request.

Clarett would then be released after Wednesday's hearing into a community based correction facility in Columbus, 10TV News reported.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, Clarett has behaved in prison so he would not protest the early release request.

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

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 saw action in a regular-season 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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