COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson pled guilty to a felony drug charge in a Kenton County courtroom Thursday morning.
Simpson was indicted in January of one count of trafficking marijuana over 8 oz. and less than 5 lbs. after investigators tracked marijuana from California to Simpson's home in Crestview Hills last year.
Simpson pled guilty to one count of prohibited acts relating to controlled substances, a class D felony. Investigators say two pounds of marijuana were shipped to Simpson's home, and an additional 0.9 pounds were found after Simpson gave investigators permission to search the residence. Simpson had the drugs shipped using the name 'Jason Snyder,' which is why the charged was amended.
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders is recommending a three year sentence that will be probated for three years and have Simpson serve 60 days in jail. Simpson would also have to perform 200 hours of community service. He would be eligible for a work release program while serving jail time and could also have to attend a drug treatment program.
Simpson's lawyer was trying to get him out of prison time in exchange for a diversion program or probation. He could argue for a lesser sentence during formal sentencing on April 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Neither Simpson or his attorney, Burr Travis, spoke with the media after the hearing.
The NFL has not said if Simpson will be disciplined. Simpson is a free agent.