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Former Clemson football player Jadar Johnson pleads guilty to robbing ex-teammate's home

Greenville News logo Greenville News 2/26/2019 Nikie Mayo
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Former Clemson University football player Jadar Johnson pleaded guilty to robbing an ex-teammate's apartment and was sentenced to probation last week, according to court records.

Quaven Maurice Ferguson, an Easley High School graduate who played football for Duke University, also pleaded guilty to the same crime and received a similar sentence.

Pickens County court records show Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty Feb. 21 to common law robbery, a lesser charge than he originally faced after his arrest for the robbery on March 28, 2018. Had he been convicted of a more serious armed robbery charge, he could have faced 30 years in prison.

Johnson's six-year prison sentence handed down was suspended to three years of probation. Johnson must also complete 200 hours of community service, nine months of house detention, have mental health counseling and submit to random drug and alcohol testing, court records show. He will be allowed to travel for work if he has no positive drug test.

Johnson and his Clemson teammate, the late C.J. Fuller, were both initially charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. So was their co-defendant, Ferguson.

Johnson and Fuller were part of Clemson's 2016 national championship team. Fuller and Ferguson went to the same high school.

Fuller, 22, died Oct. 3 of complications connected to a football-related injury. The charges against him were dropped.

Johnson and others were accused of stealing money from an ex-teammate's apartment while he was at practice and while his girlfriend was at the apartment. The ex-teammate's name and the girlfriend's name were redacted from records and from a copy of a 911 call that The Greenville News and Independent Mail obtained through a Freedom of Information request.

In the 911 tape, a distressed woman reported the armed robbery.

"I’m pretty sure they’re on the football team because not only were they ginormous, but my boyfriend’s also on the football team, so I think they knew him from that,” she said to dispatcher.

Johnson has no prior criminal record, according to his attorney, Bakari Sellers. Johnson was sentenced under South Carolina's Youthful Offender Act, which aims to help young people convicted of certain offenses. If Johnson completes his probation without further trouble, he will avoid prison and his criminal record will be clear.

Sellers said Johnson has strong community support and has become a mentor and speaker to others.

"This is a very good result for Jadar so he can continue his career," Sellers said Tuesday. "He is a great kid who made a mistake."

This article originally appeared on The Greenville News: Former Clemson football player Jadar Johnson pleads guilty to robbing ex-teammate's home

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