Friday, January 6, 2012
Darryl Stonum receives jail term
By Michael Rothstein
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum was sentenced to 10 days in jail Friday for violation of his probation stemming from a 2011 drunken-driving arrest.
Police said Stonum, 21, was stopped Thursday morning and found to be driving on a revoked license on his way to a probation meeting, and lied to his probation officer, Steve Hill, about how he arrived for the meeting.
Judge Charles Pope of the 15th District Court of Michigan sentenced Stonum to 10 days in jail and admonished the player. Pope cited the resources the court had established to help Stonum obey the previous court order.
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What bothered him the most, the judge said, was Stonum deceiving authorities.
"The whole time, you are doing this behind our backs," Pope said during Stonum's hearing.
Stonum was taken from the courtroom by police officers to immediately begin serving his sentence. This is Stonun's second jail term -- he received a three-day sentence in summer 2010 on a probation violation from a first drunken-driving arrest.
The Stafford, Texas, native was suspended indefinitely in May 2011 by Michigan coach Brady Hoke after being arrested for driving while visibly impaired. Stonum was sentenced to two years' probation in June, and redshirted this season.
Pope cited four alcohol-related offenses against Stonum, something he deemed "extremely unusual" for a 21-year-old. The judge said Stonum is among 1 percent of the population who have committed the number of alcohol-related offenses he has by his age.
In the past, Stonum also had been charged on separate counts of being a minor in possession of alcohol, but according to the court, those charges were dismissed.
Stonum has not paid any of the $1,950 he owes in court fees and had not attended any 12-step meetings in the past two weeks, the court said. The court also revoked his driver's license and he is not eligible to apply for one until June 22.
When sentenced, Stonum attempted to explain to the judge that he had just begun classes for the semester. He mumbled through most of his court appearance and told the court, "I was stuck," which was why he drove himself to meet with his probation officer.
To which Pope responded: "You were stuck because your actions have led to now."
Stonum next court date is Jan. 20.
On Thursday, Hoke said Stonum's status with the team had not changed and would not "until we know everything." A spokesman said Friday that there is no change in Stonum's status.
Stonum has 76 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in his career. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Michael Rothstein covers Michigan football for WolverineNation.