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Former Detroit Lion receiver Titus Young receives prison sentence

Once a talented young receiver for the Detroit Lions, Titus Young has made some poor life choices recently. Young was charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a fight with a neighbor in 2016. The sentencing has come down from that case and TMZ reports that Young will spend some time in prison.

According to court records, Young recently pled no contest to 1 count of felony battery causing serious bodily injury … and was sentenced to four years in state prison.

Drafted out of Boise State University, Young was touted to be a geat deep threat for the Lions. However, his career in Detroit only last two years (2011-2012). He started 26 games for the Lions in those two years, had 81 receptions for 990 yards, and ten touchdowns. But off the field problems caused the star to fade quickly, and Young has been in and out of the news since his departure from the NFL. This latest saga being the capstone.

The altercation occurred directly following Young’s release from a mental health treatment facility. Hopefully, the 27-year-old can get his life back together soon.

Legal issues

On May 5, 2013, Young was arrested twice in the same day. He was arrested for suspected drunk driving, and 14 hours later he was arrested for attempting to steal his impounded car from the tow yard. Later that week on May 10, Young was arrested for the third time and charged on suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer in San Clemente, California.

On May 13, Young’s father, Richard, revealed his son has a severe mental disorder and badly needs help.According to an article in Sports Illustrated, Young’s family briefly checked him into Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA shortly after the Rams released him. He also briefly spent time at a facility in Detroit. Several people close to Young, none of whom are doctors, believe that his problems stem from concussions. He, like millions of others, suffered at least one concussion in high school; University High players frequently led with their heads at a time, like today, when the dangers of that practice were not well known. He also claimed to have suffered concussions in college, and may have suffered one in his rookie year with the Lions. Richard Young believes his son’s brain was compressed in the front of his skull at one point.

On August 27, 2013, a California judge issued a bench warrant for Titus Young’s arrest after Young missed a court hearing on charges of burglary and attempted burglary. On December 18, 2013, Orange County prosecutors revealed that the criminal case against Young was close to being settled, but Young’s trial was delayed again when he was hospitalized for “unspecified treatment.” Young was arrested again on July 9, 2014, on five counts of battery. He was held in Los Angeles on $105,000 bail. In December 2014, a judge ordered that Young must stand trial. In May 2015, Young was sentenced to one year of inpatient treatment at a rehabilitation center in Escondido, California, and five years probation.

Young was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery following a January 30, 2016, street fight in Los Angeles.

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

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