Former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil pled guilty Monday to first-degree robbery charges. McNeil had previously maintained his innocence and even turned down pleas deal offered by prosecutors. Now he has been given a 15-year split sentence, which stipulates that he must serve at least three years in prison and also will be under supervised probation for three years.
McNeil was a focal point of Selena Roberts' story on the Auburn football program, which has grown increasingly controversial in the days since it was published. Roberts' story framed McNeil as a possible victim of internal school politics; McNeil is quoted as saying he felt like he was being made a scapegoat.
A guilty plea isn't necessary an admission of having committed a crime, as McNeil appears to indicate his legal defense accepted the best deal it could:
"I was informed what they are trying to say is the truth, but I am not saying it is," McNeil said.
McNeil and other Auburn football players were accused of entering a residence and robbing some students at gunpoint in March of 2011.