Former Lions WR Titus Young sentenced to five years of probation

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was spared a state prison term but was sentenced to five years of probation by a judge on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Young was also sentenced to one year of inpatient treatment and therapy at a substance abuse rehab center and mental health facility in Escondido, Calif., according to the Free Press. He has already been there for 99 days, which will be credited toward his sentence.

Last summer, Young was accused of knocking out his former attorney and faced five counts of battery, including one felony count. In May 2013, he pleaded not guilty to four felonies and seven misdemeanors after he was arrested in San Clemente, Calif. on burglary and assault charges. Those arrests followed separate arrests for suspicion of driving under the influence and trespassing.

"I can't tolerate any violation from you," Judge Michael J. Shultz told Young on Tuesday. "You should not consider this a first chance or a second chance. You've had lots of chances. This is the biggest chance you've been given, and you won't get another one from me. If I learn that you have in any way harmed anyone, you'll do time."

Young's father said in May 2013 that his son suffers from a brain disorder as a result of a concussion sustained with the Lions and needs help.

Young was a second-round pick by the Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft, catching 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns before he was released in February 2013.

- Molly Geary

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