Former Cowboy running back Troy Hambrick is headed for federal prison. His crime? Selling a lot of crack to an undercover informant.
Troy must have watched the movie New Jack City after he got cut by the Arizona Cardinals. It didn’t end so well. This is the story from Tampa Tribune:
TAMPA – Ex-NFL running back and former Pasco High School standout Troy Hambrick was sentenced to five years in federal prison today after pleading guilty to selling 78 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover informant, U.S. attorney’s office officials said.
U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday sentenced Hambrick, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison.
In a plea agreement signed Feb. 22, Hambrick admitted to the last of three counts of crack cocaine trafficking filed in December after his indictment by a federal grand jury.
According to the agreement, Hambrick admitted to selling 78 grams of crack in a deal that took place in his Lincoln Navigator at a gas station in Dade City on Sept. 27.
In exchange, federal prosecutors agreed to drop two counts that accused Hambrick of selling smaller amounts of the drug on Sept. 7 and 14.
Federal prosecutors agreed not to fight his plan to ask Merryday for a downward departure from the minimum mandatory penalty.
Hambrick has the option of providing “substantial assistance” in other drug cases to win prosecutors’ support for a further reduction of his sentence, the plea document states.
Hambrick also agreed to the seizure by federal agents of his Lincoln Navigator.
Hambrick, 31, remains free on $100,000 bail and must reside in his home on in Lacoochee, federal records state.
Hambrick, who played for the University of South Carolina, was a key member of the 1992 Pasco High state championship football team. He graduated in 1995.
The Lacoochee native rushed for 2,179 yards and nine touchdowns in the NFL. Hambrick played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2000 through 2003 and for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.
Before his indictment, he had been signed to play for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League.