Ex-CCU star Simpson gets 15 days in prison per plea deal

Former Coastal Carolina University standout and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in prison as part of a plea agreement for his role in a marijuana trafficking charge.

Simpson avoided the recommended 60-day sentence but also received other punishment from a federal judge in Kentucky, including parole and 200 hours of community service. He began serving his sentence immediately.

Simpson made his plea to a felony count of a prohibited act relating to a controlled substance on Thursday in Kenton County Circuit Court in Covington, Ky.

The 26-year-old was indicted for trafficking in marijuana after a shipment from California was traced to his home in northern Kentucky.

Federal authorities confiscated a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana. Upon entering the home, investigators found six more pounds of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia.

The agreement with prosecutors called for a 60-day jail sentence with a work-release provision. The judge reduced the term to 15 days, which will help the free agent find another team before the 2012 season starts.

Simpson, whose rookie contract with the Bengals expired last season, tried out for the St. Louis Rams earlier this week. The Bengals also expressed an interest in re-signing Simpson, but teams will likely wait to see what penalities the NFL places on him before signing him to a lucrative deal.

Simpson had 50 receptions for 725 yards and four touchdowns this season, including what was considered the play of the season when he flipped over a defender and into the end zone in Week 16.

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