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Former Sooners Touchdown Scorers Enroll in Prison Boot Camp

Two former University of Oklahoma football players, Trejan Bridges, a wide receiver, and Mikey Henderson, a running back, entered guilty pleas on Friday for the charge of larceny from a person at nighttime. Initially facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, their sentencing is scheduled for January 3.
As part of their legal proceedings, both individuals have been directed to participate in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) program before the sentencing date. Handcuffed together in the courtroom, they were subsequently taken into custody, awaiting their transfer to the program.
Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman emphasized the rigorous nature of the boot camp-style RID program. He indicated that successful completion without any issues would be viewed favorably during sentencing.
“It will test you. It will test you immensely,” he advised Henderson, also highlighting the potential consequences for their freedom.
The judge has the authority to impose a sentence of up to 10 years in prison due to the felony charge. However, there remains the possibility that prosecutors could dismiss their cases if they successfully fulfill the requirements of the RID program. Additionally, prosecutors may consider alternatives such as probation that would not result in a felony conviction for the individuals involved

What to know about the scenario

In a May 2021 incident that sent shockwaves through the community, former University of Oklahoma football players Trejan Bridges and Seth McGowan found themselves facing charges after a 911 caller reported a marijuana-related robbery at his Norman apartment.
The victim’s harrowing report detailed how Bridges had allegedly brandished a firearm, issuing threats of violence during the unsettling episode that unfolded on April 15, 2021. Further distressing, the victim disclosed that he had endured physical assault, with a third individual ransacking his bedroom, making off with valuable jewelry, high-end footwear, and cash. Subsequently, Mikey Henderson faced charges in July 2021, following a comprehensive investigation.
The guilty pleas were entered in a courthouse located just a mile north of the OU stadium, a stark reminder of the contrast between their gridiron successes and the legal challenges they now face.
Bridges and Henderson’s admissions on Friday pertained to larceny, marking a departure from the initial robbery charges. This adjustment was part of a plea deal negotiated with prosecutors, and it was a necessary step for their eligibility in the RID program (Regimented Inmate Discipline). Consequently, the other counts against them were dismissed.
District Attorney Greg Mashburn has disclosed that Seth McGowan, aged 21, will receive a similar arrangement and is set to enter the RID program in the upcoming year.
Bridges, now 22, originally hailing from Carrollton, Texas, entered the collegiate football scene as a highly regarded five-star recruit. During his freshman season in 2019, he displayed his talent with seven receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns. However, his journey was marred by suspension before the Peach Bowl due to a positive marijuana test. In his sophomore season, he was limited to appearances in the Big 12 Championship and the Cotton Bowl due to the suspension.
Mikey Henderson, aged 21, was a former four-star recruit whose freshman year in 2020 showcased his potential with 249 total yards and two touchdowns. According to his plea documentation, he has since been residing in Fort Worth, Texas

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