Clarett Pays the Piper

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After pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon former Bronco Maurice Clearett will spend at least three-and-a-half years behind bars.

The judge announced the agreement on the day jury selection was to begin in a case in which Clarett is accused of flashing a gun while holding up two people outside a Columbus bar early on New Year's Day.

The concealed weapon charge was from his August arrest after a highway chase with police. Officers say they found four loaded guns in Clarett's sport utility vehicle after they spiked the tires to end the chase.

Clarett, who was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years with release possible after three-and-a-half, also agreed to serve five years of probation when he gets out.

The 22-year-old said he understood he was pleading guilty and reversing his earlier innocent plea.

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