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Ex-Bengal Could Go To Prison


James Brooks, the Cincinnati Bengals' career rushing leader, was found guilty Wednesday of failing to pay more than $107,000 in child support. He could be sentenced to two years in prison.

Brooks, 41, pleaded no contest to the two charges. He was returned to the Hamilton County jail after Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin scheduled sentencing for Nov. 24.

Brooks admitted that he owes at least $107,704 in unpaid child support.

The charges involve two of his three children a 6-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. He fathered them by two women, prosecutors said.

He could be sentenced to as much as two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen wants to see Brooks behind bars.

"I would hope and expect some prison time," Allen said. "I think it's appropriate under the circumstances."

Brooks' annual salary was $1 million at the height of his pro football career.

He played 11 seasons in the NFL, three in San Diego and eight with the Bengals.

He holds Cincinnati's career rushing record with 6,447 yards.

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