Purifoy to plead guilty to marijuana charge under deal
Cervone: Additional drug charge would be dropped, fine sought for former football player
Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.
Former University of Florida football player Louchiez Purifoy will plead guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana in return for another drug charge being dropped under a plea agreement filed in court Tuesday.
State Attorney Bill Cervone said he will recommend that Purifoy be fined as a sentence.
"This will be his first time in court. He had a prior arrest that was not prosecutable, but as far as I'm concerned he is not a first offender, and that's why he does not get a deferral in this case," Cervone said. "My recommendation will be that the judge fine him because he is going to be in a position to pay a fine. I don't believe he is going to be in Gainesville, so having him on a probation caseload seems pointless."
Purifoy's attorney, Stephen Stanfield, said he believes the agreement is appropriate.
"I think, considering the facts and circumstances, that is it the appropriate disposition," Stanfield said. "No one is ever happy about this. That's the best way to put it."
Purifoy was once considered a possible early round pick in the recently completed NFL draft, but he was not chosen in the draft. He has signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
According to reports, an Alachua County sheriff's deputy on foot patrol in Linton Oaks, a neighborhood off Southwest 20th Avenue, smelled marijuana coming from a parked car at 917 SW 60th Terrace at 11:34 p.m. on March 18.
Purifoy was in the driver's seat and was holding a marijuana joint, his arrest warrant states. Purifoy was searched, and two baggies that were later tested to contain a synthetic drug known as bath salts were found in Purifoy's pocket, according to the warrant.
The Sheriff's Office reported that Purifoy was not arrested that night because he agreed to help law enforcement as an informant. However, he never returned phone calls and could not be reached by investigators, according to the Sheriff's Office..
The Sheriff's Office filed the sworn complaint against Purifoy on April 4, charging him with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of synthetic narcotics.
It was Purifoy's second brush with the law. He was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana in February 2013, but the charge was dropped weeks later by the State Attorney's Office.