Walker walks with $301 in fees for taco theft


Former Florida Gators guard Erving Walker, right, shown in this March 16 file photo, has pleaded no contest to theft of a taco.

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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.

Erving Walker will wind up paying $301 for a $3 taco.

At an arraignment hearing Thursday, Walker, the former University of Florida basketball player whose career wrapped up with the Gators’ loss in the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, pleaded no contest to a charge of stealing a taco from a street vendor in downtown Gainesville on March 30.

The State Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the misdemeanor charge that Walker eluded police and decided to withhold adjudication on the petit theft charge, meaning Walker will only have to pay his court fees — $301 — by Sept. 27. He will not have a criminal conviction on his record.

“It was just a silly mistake. That’s all it was,” Walker said after the proceedings.

Alachua County Court Judge Walter M. Green told Walker, 22, there was something he had always wanted to ask him.

“I know that you’re from Brooklyn,” Green said. “Where in Brooklyn are you from?”

“Bedford-Stuyvesant,” Walker replied.

“You know where Greene Avenue is?” the judge asked.

“Yes.”

“That’s where I grew up,” Green replied.

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