Judge grants ex-NFL star Johnny Jolly 'shock probation'
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A judge Tuesday granted Houstonian and former NFL player Johnny Jolly 'shock probation' for 10 years.
The former Green Bay Packer is serving a six-year sentence linked to his addiction to a codeine concoction known on the street as "purple drank."
Jolly applied for 'shock probation,' which allows for certain convicts to be released early on probation after experiencing the shock or trauma of being in jail.
The judge gave Jolly 10 years shock probation along with 200 hours of community service.
Jolly says he is not a criminal, just an addict struggling with a problem that has haunted him since he attended Forest Brook High School and led to him being kicked out of the NFL.
"Once you get addicted to it, you're in the mindset where you don't think you going to get caught. or you don't feel like you're going to get in trouble," said Jolly. "And that's just the drug talking to you."
Only first-time offenders are eligible for shock probation and this is Jolly's first prison sentence.
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