Art Schlichter’s compulsion to gamble cost him a promising career in the NFL. Now it has cost him his freedom.
The former Ohio State and Indianapolis Colts quarterback was sentenced to 24 months in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to fuel his gambling habit.
U.S. District Judge Philip Pro, rejecting a request for a lighter sentence with time split between prison and a halfway house, also put Schlichter on five years’ probation and ordered him to pay $175,000 in restitution to his victims. He also barred him from entering a casino or working in a gambling related industry.
The 34-year-old still faces felony bank fraud charges in Indianapolis and possible additional state charges in Las Vegas in addition to the Cincinnati charges.
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