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Ex-Ohio State Football Player Sentenced For Shooting Officers

A former Ohio State football player is sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in a shooting that left two police officers wounded.
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Former Ohio State football player Derrick Foster pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming froma shooting that left two Columbus police officers wounded.

In exchange for pleading guilty to charges of felonious assault, Foster was sentenced for fiveyears in prison, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.

He will be eligible for parole after serving four years of his sentence.

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The former Ohio State defensive end told the court that he was a good man who made a baddecision.

The shootings occurred last April during a raid at a suspected East Rich Street crack house.Officer Tony Garrison was shot in the arm and undercover narcotics Officer John Gillis was woundedin the leg, 10TV News reported.

Foster admitted that he went to the house to gamble, and admitted that he brought his gun --which he had a license to carry -- for self-defense.

Foster told investigators that he never heard officers identify themselves before initiating theraid. He said he fired two shots through a door because he thought robbers were trying to forcetheir way inside.

During his sentencing, Foster offered an apology to the police officers who were wounded.

"I do apologize to the officers; I still respect law enforcement and I always have," Fostersaid. "Like I said, it was just an unfortunate situation. Just to let people know, my characterwill stay the same. I am a good person. I always have been."

After Friday's court proceedings, Garrison told 10TV News that he accepted Foster's apology.

"I think Mr. Foster was sincere," Garrison said. "I'm sure he made a terrible mistakebutsometimes mistakes have consequences and now he's dealing his consequences."

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