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April 8, 2013

McNeil pleads guilty to 1st-degree robbery; will serve 15-year split sentence

Mike McNeilOPELIKA, Ala. — Former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil called an audible in court Monday, rescinding last week’s plea of not guilty and entering a plea bargain for guilty of first-degree robbery on the first day of his trial. McNeil was subsequently sentenced to a 15-year split sentence.

Lee County Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes is requiring McNeil, under the split sentence, to serve at least three years in prison plus three years of supervised probation and pay $2,000 in restitution.

McNeil and three teammates from the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team were charged with armed robbery and dismissed from the team in March 2011. Antonio Goodwin is serving a 15-year sentence while Dakota Mosley and Shaun Kitchens are awaiting trial.

Wednesday’s Roopstigo.com report by former Sports Illustrated and New York Times reporter Selena Roberts lobbed several NCAA allegations at Auburn football, including several charges by McNeil of academic fraud, pay-for-play schemes and positive drug tests around the program. McNeil had maintained his innocence in the article, which was quickly rebuked by secondary sources and former teammates Neiko Thorpe, Mike Blanc and others.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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