By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – Attorney Altus Hudson, who represents former Detroit Lion Titus Young, said the 24-year-old is close to a plea agreement, according to USA Today. Police arrested Young three times in the span of a week in May 2013 for crimes ranging from DUI to shoplifting to residential burglary, and Young faces 11 charges, four of them felonies.
Hudson and Orange County (Calif.) deputy district attorney Nikki Chambers have reportedly met and said they have almost worked out an agreement that would avoid a trial for Young. Hudson said his client still hopes to avoid jail time, according to USA Today. Two more pretrial hearings have been set, one for April 10 and another for April 24.
Young’s father has said throughout this process that Young deals with mental illness and that the condition factored into his poor decisions. Before the former football player got in trouble with the law, Young got in trouble with the Lions for lashing out on Twitter about playing time, punching teammate Louis Delmas and for reportedly lining up in the wrong spot for a play – on purpose – during a practice.
Young caught 48 passes for 607 yards for the Lions in 2011, when he played in all 16 games. He snagged 33 balls for 383 yards in 10 games the following season. The Lions released Young in February 2013. The St. Louis Rams then signed him but cut him just days later.