Former Lions Receiver Titus Young Pleaded Guilty to Felony Battery; Sentenced

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Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of felony battery causing serious bodily injury. The charges stem back to January of 2016 when he got into a fight with his neighbor in Los Angeles. According to court records obtained by TMZ Sports, Young has been in jail since August.

Young, who was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, had a bright future in the NFL. However, the once promising athlete can’t seem to stay out of trouble. In May of 2015, the wide receiver was sentenced to five years of probation after he pleaded no contest to another charge of felony battery. The probation included a mandatory one-year stay in the Crosby Center drug treatment facility, according to ESPN. May isn’t a good month for Young.  In May of 2013, Young was arrested three separate times in one week for “suspicion of driving under the influence, another time for trying to take his car from a towing yard and a third time for alleged attempted burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest,” per ESPN.

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California Penal Code Section 242 states that battery in the state of California is considered a “wobbler offense” meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. According to California Penal Code Section 243(d) an aggravated battery occurs when:

  1. One person willfully touches another in a harmful or offensive manner; and
  2. The person who has been touched suffers a “serious bodily injury” as a result.

Misdemeanor battery causing serious injury is punishable by up to one year in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. For felony aggravated battery, the potential penalties include two, three, or four years in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Young received the stiffest amount of jail time possible so his crime must have been serious.  According to the NFL, their attempts to provide outreach and support to Young were declined by the former receiver.  There are stories circulating, and his father mentioned that Young may suffer from a brain disorder.  If mental illness is the case, seeking proper ongoing treatment will be an important step towards his success.  Good luck Mr. Young.

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