Green Bay Packers player Johnny Jolly sentenced to 6 years in prison

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(CBS/AP) HOUSTON, Texas. - Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating his probation on a drug charge.

Despite Jolly's tearful plea for another chance, Judge Denise Bradley sentenced him to the prison time on Thursday.

Jolly was arrested and charged with possession of a compound containing codeine and tampering with evidence after a traffic stop in October. It was his third arrest in three years, and violated the terms of probation he received in April.

That probation was part of a deal that erased a previous charge and spared him prison time.

Jolly started for the Packers in 2008 and 2009. He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 2010 and did not play for them last year when they won the Super Bowl.