Titus Young pleads not guilty to charges

Wesley Hitt

Titus Young pleaded not guilty to the eight charges he faces in Orange County. The former Lions wideout could see over seven years jail time if convicted.

Titus Young pleaded not guilty to all eight charges he is facing in Orange County, Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday. Bail was set at $25,000 for the troubled former Detroit Lions wide receiver. Young picked up two charges of felony theft Tuesday, stemming from a May 4 incident at a Chevron gas station.

Young allegedly entered the gas station and stole candy and bottled water before leaving. He then reentered and stole cigars. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, both incidents are considered felonies because Young entered the gas station with intent to steal.

Young's six other charges stem from a burglary during which he allegedly assaulted a police officer and resisted arrest. He also faces two charges in Riverside County for driving under the influence and trying to break his car out of an impound lot. Those two incidents occurred within a 15-hour span.

According to Birkett, Young faces 7-1/2 years in prison if convicted. He was a second-round pick by the Lions just two years ago. Young had a promising rookie season, during which he caught 48 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns. He played in just 10 games and caught 33 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns last season, however, and clashed constantly with teammates and coaches.

Young's father said Monday that his son is suffering from a brain disorder, and cited a 2011 concussion as a possible turning point for his son's behavior. Young also clashed with head coach Chris Petersen while he was playing for Boise State. He earned an indefinite suspension in 2008 for fighting with a teammate.

Young was placed on waivers by the Lions on Feb. 4 after sitting on the bench since Thanksgiving. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams on Feb. 5, before being released again just 10 days later. Young has not appeared on an NFL roster since.

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