Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Blount faces up to 10 years in prison
HAMILTON, Ohio -- Former NBA player Corie Blount has pleaded guilty to two felony marijuana possession charges in a plea bargain that could land him in prison for up to 10 years.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors on Wednesday dropped two marijuana trafficking charges against the 40-year-old former University of Cincinnati star.
Sentencing was set for May 13 in Butler County Common Pleas Court.
Blount was arrested Dec. 4 after sheriff's deputies intercepted 11 pounds of marijuana sent to him at a relative's home in southwest Ohio. They later searched Blount's home and say they found another 18 pounds of marijuana.
Blount was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1993. In an 11-year NBA career, he also played for the Lakers, Cleveland, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Toronto.