Attorney: Guion likely to avoid jail time
Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion likely will avoid jail time following his arrest last month on felony marijuana and firearm possession, according to his attorney Robert Rush.
Guion, 27, was arrested Feb. 3 in Starke, Fla., following a traffic stop for failing to maintain a single lane. Officers then found 357 grams of marijuana and an unloaded gun in his 2015 Dodge Ram truck. The gun was registered in Minnesota where Guion played football for six seasons.
ESPN.com first reported Wednesday morning that Guion struck a deferred prosecution agreement, resulting in probation. The charges against him would be dropped if he completes the terms of the agreement, which Rush anticipates will be signed within a couple weeks.
"Nothing has been concluded yet, but we're in very favorable negotiations and I anticipate based upon the nature of the allegation that we're going to get it resolved," Rush said Wednesday afternoon.
"My request is consistent with a marijuana possession charge and that is I want the diversion program. So he'll probably end up not having any conviction or anything on his record."
A diversion program is a form of sentencing that enables offenders to avoid criminal charges and a criminal record.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive lineman will be a free agent next Tuesday. While a legal resolution should allow Guion and his agent, Seth Katz, to proceed with contract negotiations, Guion still could face possible discipline under the NFL personal conduct policy from league commissioner Rodger Goodell.
Police confiscated Guion's truck and $190,028.81 in cash during the arrest. Guion said was from paychecks earned with the Packers. Those assets remain in police custody after a Florida court ruled last month that police had probable cause to seize Guion's cash and vehicle.
Because it's a civil matter, Guion will have to win a separate case against the state of Florida for the return of the money and vehicle.
"The whole matter is unfortunate and we would just like to get it resolved," Rush said.
Guion had 32 tackles and 3½ sacks last season and was popular in the locker room. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters at the NFL scouting combine that Guion has since returned to Green Bay where the organization has continued to monitor his situation.
"I thought he was an impactful personality and played good football," McCarthy said on Feb. 19. "I'm hopeful that we get past this, and the monitoring gives us the green light to go forward, but I'd love to have Letroy back."
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