Lyerla pleads guilty to cocaine possession, to serve ten days in jail

Lyerla pleads guilty to cocaine possession, to serve ten days in jail
December 27, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Colt Lyerla (center).

Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla pled guilty to cocaine possession Friday and was sentenced by Lane County Circuit Judge Jay McAlpin to 10 days in jail with another 10 days of suspension. Lyerla was also placed on probation for two years was ordered to enroll in a drug treatment program.

Judge McAlpin granted Lyerla's request to be put on probation under the court rather than under the supervision of a probation officer. If the request was denied, Lyerla would not have been allowed to make the move out of state after serving his sentence.

It is a move that will allow Lyerla to pursue his career in the NFL to prepare out of state in Las Vegas for the combine. 

Stephen Houze, Lyerla’s attorney, told reporters Lyerla will serve his sentence before any NFL Draft preparations begin.

After being sidelined for two months by the felony drug charge, the former Duck, who was fighting the charges until recently, serving the time in jail is probably the best option.

Lyerla has until Jan. 3 to report to the jail to make arrangements to either serve the time or take part in an alternative program

“We’re grateful for this opportunity for Mr. Lyerla to make amends for the mistake he has made,” Houze told reporters. 

Lyerla was arrested Oct. 23 after he pulled into a parking lot where an undercover police detective working on an unrelated narcotics case observed Lyerla snort a white substance that later tested positive for cocaine.

In the months since his arraignment, Lyerla and his attorney have attempted to work out a plea bargain that failed, which led to Lyerla pleading guilty to the drug charge.

Lyerla, before being sentence was read to him, told judge McAplin that he was ashamed of what he had done and that he was going "to become a better person."

Lyerla will also be forced to perform 40 hours of community service and will not be allowed to consume alcohol or go into bars or taverns while he is on probation.

Lyerla did not speak with reporters after the court appearance.