NFL News of March 26, 2004

Bucs running back Michael Pittman pleaded guilty to a felony count of endangerment in a Mesa, Ariz., court Thursday, accepting a plea agreement that could result in jail time as well as a multigame suspension from the NFL.

Pittman, 28, would have gone to trial Monday on two felony charges of aggravated assault and one felony count of aggravated domestic violence, stemming from an arrest in May. The seventh-year pro was accused of using his Hummer to ram a Mercedes-Benz that had his wife Melissa, their 2-year-old son and an 18-year-old babysitter inside.

The endangerment charge is a Class 6 felony, the lowest class by Arizona law. Pittman is scheduled for sentencing on April 23, one day before the NFL draft. The original charges against him, which have been dropped, could have resulted in prison sentences of five to 15 years.

His penalty for Thursday’s guilty plea can range from three years of supervised probation to up to two years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

—Greg Auman, The St. Petersburg Times “Pittman pleads guilty”

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