ST. JOSEPH — Lions running back Mikel Leshoure pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana Friday at the Berrien County District Courthouse. He paid $575 in fines and will be required next May to show proof of compliance with a treatment program that is being conducted through the NFL. Leshoure was cited by Baroda-Lake Township police for possession of marijuana March 12 in Bridgman, after a rented SUV he was a passenger in was pulled over on I-94. Since he was cited for possession of marijuana for the second time in a month, the second-offense charge from March 12 was a felony. According to the police report, Leshoure was eating a small amount of marijuana in an attempt to conceal it when an officer approached the vehicle. Leshoure’s attorney, Joseph A. Lavigne, told Judge Sterling R. Schrock on Friday that Leshoure would face “collateral consequences” with the NFL as a result of the criminal case. Lavigne said Leshoure is involved in a 24-month program through the league that includes testing and sessions with a substance-abuse counselor and has about 23 months remaining. Leshoure will be tested two to three times per week for drug use, with the frequency of the testing gradually decreasing over time, but testing will not cease. The program is stricter than one that would have been ordered by the court. Leshoure acknowledged he made a mistake and told the judge he was “trying to move forward and put this in the past.”
The March 12 incident was the second time Leshoure was cited for marijuana possession in less than a month in Berrien County. He also was cited for possession of marijuana Feb. 18 by Benton Township police after he was pulled over around 6 a.m. for driving 92 m.p.h. in a 70-m.p.h. zone on westbound I-94. He pleaded to a lesser misdemeanor charge of use of marijuana March 1 and paid a $485 fine. Lavigne said he was pleased with the plea agreement made Friday for his second incident. “The prosecutor’s office was very fair in how they dealt with this case,” Lavigne said. “They took an even-handed approach … and treated with an appropriate amount of seriousness, but also recognized the context of the case, and I’d like to think that they also recognized a lot of the positive steps that Mr. Leshoure has made in terms of acknowledging responsibility, being accountable and trying to do the best that he can to move forward for the future, as opposed to dwelling on the past.” Later Friday at the team’s practice facility, Leshoure declined comment until after he hears from the NFL on possible discipline. When might he hear from the league? “I have no idea,” he said. He could be suspended up to six games because it’s his second run-in with the law.
via : Detroit Free Press
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