Former Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome accepts plea deal, avoids felony conviction

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (April 7, 2016) — Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome was sentenced to supervised probation for maintaining a common nuisance, but avoided a felony conviction Thursday.

The maintaining a common nuisance charge would typically be considered a Level 6 felony, but it was entered as a Class A misdemeanor under the terms a plea agreement that Newsome agreed to. The agreement also dismissed the marijuana charges he was facing after his arrest in February.

Police responded to Newsome’s apartment on February 17 for a noise complaint. After obtaining a search warrant, officers reported finding marijuana, smoking devices, a digital scale and a body-cleansing supplement. Police also said they found multiple bags of marijuana in his car.

Newsome was subsequently released by the Colts. The Colts drafted Newsome out of Ball State University in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He led the team with 6.5 sacks in his rookie season in Indianapolis.

Newsome’s attorney spoke to our media partners with the Indianapolis Star and said he has not signed with another team but can serve his probation in any location as long as he checks in with court officials by phone.

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