Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:36

Former KU football player Jeremiah Edwards sentenced in armed robbery

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22-year-old Jeremiah Edwards was sentenced to 36 months of probation on a felony robbery charge on Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty in August for an armed robbery that happened on May 13 in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive in Lawrence. The victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint of cash and marijuana. Also arrested were former KU football players, 21-year-old Chris Martin and Chris Omigie. Edwards' brother 28-year-old Joshua Edwards was also arrested.

Edwards is a former defensive tackle for the KU football team. He was red-shirted for a heart condition in 2010 and never played. However, he retained his scholarship and expects to graduate in May with a degree in African American studies. He appeared in court with his lawyer John Kerns. Edwards offered an apology to the court and to Judge Paula Martin.

"I've never been in a situation like that and I do apologize. I look forward to having a better future. I will never put myself in a situation like that again," said Edwards.

Edwards must meet the terms of his probation which includes abstaining from alcohol and drugs and maintaining either a student status or employment. He is not allowed to have contact with fellow defendant Chris Martin.

If he violates the terms of his probation, he could face up to 32 months in prison followed by 24 months of post-release supervision. Judge Martin told Edwards she hoped he would graduate and successfully find a job but she said it may not be easy at first.

"Having a felony conviction is certainly going to hamper things for a while but you can, after a period of time, have this removed from your record," she said.

Kerns described Edwards as kind and said it was unfortunate that Edwards got caught up that situation.

"A very intelligent guy, it's very difficult to imagine him in this circumstance as described. A real friendly individual and I like him," said Kerns.

Omigie is scheduled to appear in court at the end of October and Martin is scheduled to appear in November. In August Joshua Edwards was sentenced to 24 months of probation.