CLEVELAND — Steelers cornerback Justin Layne reached a plea deal in Ohio following his arrest at a traffic stop last month.
The fourth-degree felony gun charge against Layne was dismissed, according to Willoughby Municipal Court. In turn, Layne pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing criminal tools. Layne also pleaded guilty to speeding and driving without a license.
The judge gave Layne a six-month suspended jail sentence. If he completes the other terms of his sentence, he will not have to spend any time in jail. Among the conditions of the plea deal, Layne will have to give up his handgun and perform 32 hours of community service.
Layne was arrested after a traffic stop in April. According to police, he was traveling 89 miles per hour in a 60 mile-per-hour zone.
A records check showed he was driving with a suspended license, and had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation in another jurisdiction, police said.
They said they searched the car after smelling marijuana and seeing loose particles of it scattered throughout the vehicle. That search revealed a loaded Glock pistol in the center console, police said.
They said Layne wasn’t a licensed conceal-carry permit holder in Ohio.
Layne was arrested on the gun charge and cited on the related traffic violations. He was taken to the county jail to await arraignment.
According to the police report, Layne acknowledged the gun was his, and said he forgot it was there.
Layne was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. WPXI contacted the Steelers after the plea deal, and the team said it will not be commenting on the matter.
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