Exact details of the plea are not known at this time, but Stallworth’s attorney is optimistic that Donte will be able to resume his pro career after his sentence is served-
“Donte’ has a debt to repay and awesome responsibilities to fulfill,” lawyer David Cornwell said. “We have kept NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, Commissioner Goodell, and the Cleveland Browns apprised of developments as they occurred. Whenever it is appropriate to do so, we are prepared to discuss the circumstances under which Donte’ will resume his career.”
The type of plea entered will be key in determining if Donte’ ever wears the pads again.
As we’ve said before, DUI manslaughter in the state of Florida carries with it a mandatory 3.5-year prison term. Now if Stallworth’s attorney thinks a team is going to sign his client after three years off, he may just be delusional. It could be that they are trying to be creative however. It is possible that they have agreed to separate DUI/involuntary manslaughter charges, which could mean a lighter mandatory sentence. The judge would not have to accept this deal, however.
Two things are certain- A family has suffered a tremendous loss, and Donte’ has more than likely seen his time as a Brown come to an end.
(Update: WKYC reports that Stallworth will serve 30 days in jail, 10 years of probation, 1,000 hours of community service)
(Update 2: Roger Goodell will hand down Stallworth’s punishment prior to camp. Second-time offenders have a mandatory four-game suspension)
(image courtesy TSN)