Michigan State tight end Dion Sims has pled guilty to charges stemming from his arrest after being involved in a computer theft ring. To refresh your memory, Sims, along with others, were stealing computers and laptops from Detroit public schools to sell them. Some criminals like to steal from the rich to give to the poor, Sims and his buddies like to take from kids and keep the money for themselves.
The charges Sims faced were considered a five-year felony, but thanks to his cooperation and lack of a criminal record, his conviction could be expunged from the record.
"He did not buy the computers or sell them," said Sims' lawyer, Steve Fishman. "He pled guilty to being the middleman."
The deal calls for Sims to cooperate with investigators and give "truthful testimony" against others charged in the scheme that allegedly took and resold more than $158,000 worth of computers intended for use by students in the troubled district.
"This isn't because he's an athlete," Fishman said about the plea deal. "Anybody in his situation, with his age, his clean record and the cooperation he has already given the prosecution is entitled to get this break."
Sims is not expected to return to the Spartans this season, but the possibility that he may return to the team next year remains. Provided he doesn't find some kindergartners with iPods he can sell before then.