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Steelers CB Justin Layne Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor, Avoids Felony Gun Charge



Steelers CB Justin Layne

Steelers cornerback Justin Layne plead guilty to one misdemeanor and two traffic violations stemming from his April arrest in the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, according to

Layne, 23, was pulled over for speeding on April 23 when it was discovered that there was a warrant out for his arrest from a previous traffic violation. When processing his vehicle to be impounded, officers discovered a load handgun that Layne did not posses a permit for.

That landed Layne in court on Wednesday for improper transportation of a fireman, a fourth-degree felony. As part of the plea arrangement, Layne must forfeit the firearm, attend a gun safety course pay a $500 fine and perform 32 hours of community service.  He will have a 180-day jail sentence suspended in lieu of six months’ probation.

Willoughby Municipal Court Judge Marisa Cornachio ordered Layne to forfeit a firearm, attend a gun safety instructional course, pay a $500 in fine, and serve a 180-day jail sentence, which is suspended. He must also serve six months probation and perform 32 hours of community service.

With the charge lessened to a misdemeanor, it is unlikely that Layne will face significant supplemental discipline from the NFL for his actions.