Former Michigan football co-captain James Whitley was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of carrying a concealed weapon March 15.
Washtenaw Circuit County Court Judge David Swartz sentenced Whitley to one year probation and ordered him to pay $360 in court charges and serve 20 hours of community service. Whitley must also work 30 hours a week or pursue a football career. The maximum sentence for the offense is five years in prison.
Head football coach Lloyd Carr dismissed Whitley from the team after a Dec. 14 incident in which Whitley was found carrying a loaded Jennings 380 Auto semiautomatic handgun at a Hill Street apartment complex. Whitley told police he and then-teammate David Terrell were at the apartment to mediate a dispute between Terrell”s former girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Terrell was not charged.