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Browns DE Armonty Bryant pleads no contest to DUI, receives one-year deferred sentence

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 7, 2013


Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and received a one-year deferred sentence today in Pontotoc County District Court in Ada, Okla., according to the court clerk’s office.

Bryant owes $1,136 in fines and court costs, and he has set up payment arrangements. He also must listen to a victim impact panel and attend a substance abuse evaluation within 180 days.

Bryant and his attorney, Frank Stout, appeared before Special Judge Steven Kessinger this afternoon.

Bryant was arrested at 3:46 a.m. Friday in Ada and charged with DUI. Bryant repeatedly refused to properly blow into a Breathalyzer before the test eventually yielded a result of 0.098, according to the police report. Oklahoma’s legal limit for intoxication is 0.08.

Bryant, 22, also repeatedly refused to adequately blow into an Intoxilyzer, though two deficient samples read 0.10 and 0.09, according to the report. He also verbally declined the state’s blood test.

Bryant’s most recent arrest came less than a week after the Browns picked him in the seventh round (No. 217 overall) of the NFL Draft out of East Central University, a Division II school in Ada. Bryant was suspended for three games and arrested in October for selling $20 of marijuana twice to an undercover officer, both times in an ECU parking lot, and he was charged with a felony because the transactions came within 2,000 feet of a school.

Still, after the Browns picked Bryant, he vowed to reward them for giving him a chance to redeem himself.

Bryant is scheduled to report to rookie minicamp Thursday at the Browns’ headquarters in Berea. The minicamp will run Friday through Sunday.


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