Published: Friday, December 15, 2006
Ex-OSU star transferred to Toledo prison
TOLEDO Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett of Youngstown has been transferred to a prison where he could spend the remainder of his sentence.
Clarett will be in a single cell at the Toledo Correctional Institution, but he will not be isolated from other inmates, said Andrea Dean, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The close-security prison only has single cells, and Clarett will be able to exercise and eat with other inmates, she said Thursday.
A judge sentenced Clarett in September to at least 31/2 years in prison on charges of aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.
Authorities said he flashed a gun and robbed two people early Jan. 1 outside a Columbus bar. The concealed weapon charge was from his Aug. 9 arrest after a highway chase with police who found four loaded guns in his sport utility vehicle.
As a freshman tailback, Clarett helped lead Ohio State to the national championship in 2002.
He then dropped out of Ohio State and lost a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the NFL's requirement that players wait three years after high school before turning pro. The Denver Broncos made Clarett a surprise third-round pick in the NFL's 2005 draft, but cut him during the preseason after he refused a signing bonus.