Houston native Johnny Jolly was recently sentenced to "shock" probation six months after he was sentenced to prison for violating the terms of his probation related to a drug conviction. Johnny Jolly is a former NFL defensive end for the Green Bay Packers and because of his drug conviction is also indefinitely suspended from the professional football league.
In July 2008, Jolly was arrested on drug charges outside of a club in Houston for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine. Last year, Jolly faced charges related to codeine again. Houston Police stopped Jolly in his vehicle and charged him with possession of a compound containing codeine, and Jolly was also charged with tampering with evidence in the attempt to conceal the substance from investigating officers.
Last fall, Jolly was sentenced to six years in prison for the drug charge and the tampering with evidence charge. The former professional defensive end applied for shock probation thereafter. Shock probation allows individuals convicted of a crime to be released early on probation after the shocking experience of being in jail.
The judge who originally sentenced Jolly to jail recently granted him shock probation. Jolly will serve 10 years of shock probation and is also required to complete 200 hours of community service. In addition, Jolly was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
Before his time in the NFL, Jolly was a standout at Texas A&M. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and started for the Packers in 2008 and 2009. Jolly was forced to sit out during the 2010 season after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
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Source: The Associated Press, "Former DE Johnny Jolly Given 'Shock' Probation," May 16, 2012