Spence Pleads Not Guilty; Trial Set For April 14

March 3rd, 2014

akeem spence 0827Akeem Spence’s legal woes will linger after the start of Bucs offseason workouts on April 7.

In January, the 2013 starting defensive tackle alongside Gerald McCoy was hauled to jail by Alabama State Troopers after a late morning drive. Spence was alleged to be cruising at 100+ miles per hour with marijuana in his car.

Spence had a court appearance on the Escambia County (Alabama) docket today to enter a plea. His attorney filed paperwork in advance and Spence was not required to be there, Joe was told today by local officials. A “bench trial” for Spence was scheduled for April 14.

It’s small-town America personified in Brewton, Alabama, the county seat of Escambia. The county is about 100 square miles with a population hovering around 38,000. Local officials apologized to Joe for not having the funds to put their court information online.

Spence’s charges are misdemeanors and punishable with up to one year in jail, though he’ll likely get slapped with a fine.

Joe’s confident Spence will be wearing the Bucs’ new uniform come September, not an orange jumpsuit.

9 Responses to “Spence Pleads Not Guilty; Trial Set For April 14”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Donte Stallworth got 30 days in jail for manslaughter.

    Doubt that he’ll face that kind of punishment for just a little bit of weed.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Escambia County Alabama seems like a very Police Oriented place.
    Not to say Spence was totally Innocent, but one has to wonder if there was any racial profiling going on ?
    Read this from Wikipedia

    The Holman Correctional Facility of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is in unincorporated southwestern Escambia County, 9 miles (14 km) north of Atmore.[8][9] Holman has a male death row and the State of Alabama execution chamber.[9] In addition the ADOC Fountain Correctional Facility is about 7 miles (11 km) north of Atmore.[10]

  3. joseph mamma Says:

    Hey the outcome of his legal issues looks a hell of a lot better than Darren Sharper’s, which to this day has me completely stunned.

  4. BucfaninMO Says:

    The orange jumpsuit would look much better than the Bucs new uniforms.

  5. Sneedy16 Says:

    @joseph mamma

    Me too. I think Spence will get a large fine and community service. It all depends on the judge.

  6. SAMCRO Says:

    Has Lovie and the gang put any feelers out there on what they’re thinking about Spence? Can’t say I’ve heard anything except the broad brush stroke comments on the d-line as a whole. Are they satisfied with his potential? Do they think he’s capable of handling the rigors of playing every down at the tilt nose, or do they see him better suited as a situational player?

    Like to hear more on what could be bubble players like

    Stocker, Crabtree, Rainey, Spence, Foster, Means, Watson, Casillas, etc..

  7. biff barker Says:

    A real bench trial? Wow. The su spence is killing me.

  8. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Florida will never get with the majority U.S. opinion regarding legal cannabis. You 20 somethings will be old men before this state bows to the people’s wishes. My plan is to leave my home and the warmth to go to Colorado and the cold to enjoy legal cannabis. Enough of the BS, I can follow my Bucs and this site from afar.

    Happy smoking.–Joe

  9. BoJim Says:

    Man. 100 mph with weed in the car? What a dumbass. Nothing wrong with a little weed but damn.