Plea Deal Sends Clarett to Jail for at Least 3 1/2 Years

Columbus, OH -  Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett agreed to plead guilty to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon today.

The deal would send him to prison for at least 3½ years and end two criminal cases against him.

The agreement was announced on the day jury selection was to begin in a case in which Clarett is accused of holding up two people outside a bar.

The concealed weapon charge was from his August arrest after a highway chase with police who found four loaded guns in Clarett's sport utility vehicle after they spiked the tires. Police used pepper spray to subdue and handcuff Clarett, who was wearing a bulletproof vest.

The deal called for a 7½-year sentence with release possible after 3½ years.

The 22-year-old player also agreed to serve five years of probation after the prison sentence.