10-plus years prison term for ex-NFL, Ohio St QB
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter (SHLEES'-tuhr) to nearly 11 years in prison in a fraud case stemming from a million-dollar ticket-selling scheme.
The 52-year-old Schlichter, a former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, had been in jail since January when authorities said he violated the conditions of his bond by testing positive for cocaine use while free on house arrest.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson in Columbus accepted the guilty plea Schlichter entered last year and then handed down the sentence for the sports ticket fraud scheme.
Schlichter's NFL career was derailed by a gambling addiction. State and federal authorities say he promised college and NFL game tickets, including the Super Bowl, but never delivered despite receiving thousands of dollars in payments.