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    Packers draft pick Cory Rodgers sentenced in firerms case

    Posted on Mon, Jul. 03, 2006

    [size=18px]Former TCU player sentenced in firearms case[/size]

    By MELODY McDONALD and TRACI SHURLEY
    Star-Telegram Staff Writers


    FORT WORTH - A former TCU football player who was drafted this year by the Green Bay Packers was sentenced to 15 months’ probation Monday for unlawfully carrying a firearm - a charge stemming from allegations that he fired two shots into the air outside a Stockyards bar in May.

    Dacor “Cory” Rodgers, 23, reached an agreement with prosecutors Monday in which he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor gun-possession charge and received 15 months’ deferred adjudication probation. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.

    Deferred adjudication probation means that if Rodgers successfully completes his probation, the case will be dismissed and a conviction will not appear on his record.

    As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed not to pursue a misdemeanor charge of firing a weapon. Rodgers will also not be required to report regularly to a probation officer, since he will be traveling with the Packers if he makes the team.

    In exchange for that accommodation, prosecutors said, Rodgers must return to Fort Worth after the football season and perform 80 hours of community service with at-risk youths.

    “He needed to be able to go ahead and do his job, which means traveling around the country with the Green Bay Packers,” said prosecutor Kurt Stallings, chief of the pre-trial services division of the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

    Rodgers was arrested May 26 after police said he fired two shots into the air at 2 a.m. in a parking lot outside the Stone Canyon Club, 114 W. Exchange Ave., after a brawl broke out inside the club.

    Police said the melee involved as many as 60 people, some of whom were swinging pool cues and beer bottles. Police have said that while about 20 officers were working to restore order, they heard two shots fired from Rodgers’ gray Chevrolet Impala.

    Rodgers, who was in the back seat with a .40-caliber automatic handgun, was arrested on suspicion of gun offenses. Two TCU players in the car, safety Eric Buchanan and wide receiver Quentily Harmon, were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, a misdemeanor.

    Rodgers’ attorney, Jeff Kearney, said that Rodgers was not involved in the fight in the club and that he fired the gun into the air to scare off a group of men who had surrounded him while he was waiting for his friends to bring the car keys.

    “I think our investigation and the DA’s investigation both indicated that, when he discharged the firearm, he didn’t fire at or in the direction of anyone,” Kearney said. “He simply fired into the air to end a situation that was somewhat tense and to disperse the crowd - and it worked.”

    Stallings said the way things happened played a role in how prosecutors decided to deal with the case.

    “There is evidence to indicate that he was just defending himself,” Stallings said.

    Stallings said that Kearney contacted prosecutors soon after Rodgers’ arrest and that both have been cooperative.

    “This is actually a standard plea for a first-time offense,” Stallings said.

    Melody McDonald, 817-390-7386
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    Re: Packers draft pick Rodgers sentenced in firerms case

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    Melody McDonald and Traci Shurley, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, report Green Bay Packers WR Cory Rodgers reached an agreement with prosecutors Monday, July 3, in which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun-possession charge.

    He received 15 months' deferred adjudication probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine. Rodger was charged for unlawfully carrying a firearm after allegations that he fired two shots into the air outside a Stockyards bar in May. As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to not pursue a misdemeanor charge of firing a weapon.

    A deferred adjudication probation means if he successfully completes his probation, the case will be dismissed and a conviction will not appear on his record. Since he will be traveling with the Packers if he makes the team, Rodgers is not required to report regularly to a probation officer.

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    Re: Packers draft pick Cory Rodgers sentenced in firerms cas

    Looks like he will fit right in with the rest of the team. Maybe he thought that since he was playing in Green Bay that it's normal to tote a gun like the rest of the inbred hillbilly sheep pokers.

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    Re: Packers draft pick Cory Rodgers sentenced in firerms case

    Now if that were you or I, we would be spending some jail time.. Firing a gun into the air is illegal in most states.. Besides he was unlawfully carrying a firearm. He gets probation, must be a pro sports player..

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