Ex-NCAA Football Players Get 12-Year Prison Sentences


Two former Rutgers football players are going to prison for a series of armed robberies.

Tejay Johnson, 26, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a series of three armed robberies that occurred in 2015.

In January, Johnson pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery, three counts of armed burglary and three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, USA Today reported.

He was given three 12-year prison terms for each of the incidents, which will run concurrent to each other.

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Another former Rutgers player, Andre Boggs, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for his involvement in the crime.

Boggs pleaded guilty in June to three counts of armed robbery, three counts of armed burglary and three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, USA Today reported.

The home invasions occurred in April 2015 in New Brunswick and Piscataway.  The victims, who were also Rutgers students, were targeted for drugs and cash, according to police reports.

Johnson apologized to the victims and their families in court on Friday, saying he made a “complete fool” of himself and damaged his family’s name, ESPN reported.

They must serve 85 percent of their terms before they are eligible for parole.

Another student, Kaylanna Ricks, 22, was sentenced to three years probation for her role in one of the robberies as the getaway driver, ESPN reported.

Three other Rutgers students who were involved in the incidents had their sentencing postponed.

The scandal contributed to the firing of head coach Kyle Flood.

Johnson played defensive back for three year at Rutgers from 2011-2013 but retired after his junior year due to injuries.

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He told the judge that after his football career ended he turned to drugs, specifically marijuana and codeine, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Boggs played defensive back for Rutgers in 2014 and 2015.

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