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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Art Schlichter's Probation Passed to Ohio Judge

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- A federal judge in Ohio has agreed to oversee former OSU and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter's probation/supervised release until mid-2009. U.S. District Judge Sarah Owens of Indiana legally ended her jurisdiction over the once-promising athlete with a history of compulsive gambling and run-ins with the law.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost of Columbus took the case last week, court records show. Schlichter is on federal probation for offenses that include interstate travel in furtherance of a scheme to defraud, interstate transportation of forged securities, unauthorized use of an access device and money laundering. Frost will be oversee the case until June 14, 2009 when the sentence expires, provided Schlichter can stay out of any more trouble. He is living in Washington Court House, where he was a prep star at Miami Trace High School. After OSU, he was selected No. 4 in the NFL 1984 draft by the Colts but never became a pro hero. He has been in prisons and committed felonies because of his gambling addictions, but is trying to turn his life around.

Mike Wagner of the Columbus Dispatch wrote a fantastic story about Schlichter and his efforts to reestablish himself that appeared on Christmas Eve. It is well worth reading and there is a link here

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