Air Force Academy Running Back Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession

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Class of 2023 basic cadets participate in the annual march back from Jack’s Valley to the United States Air Force Academy’s terrazzo after completing basic training on July 31, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley)
Class of 2023 basic cadets participate in the annual march back from Jack’s Valley to the United States Air Force Academy’s terrazzo after completing basic training on July 31, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley)

Air Force Academy standout running back Joseph Saucier pleaded guilty Thursday to cocaine use and possessing marijuana, blaming a gridiron injury and academic pressure for his foray into drug use.

Under a plea deal, military prosecutors dropped accusations that Saucier intended to distribute both drugs, a move that saved him a potential penalty of 15 years in prison at a court-martial.

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Air Force judge Lt. Col. Sterling Pendelton accepted the deal Thursday morning at the academy but did not immediately sentence the senior cadet. While the sentencing details of the plea deal haven't been announced, Saucier was expected to ask the judge for leniency.

This article is written by Erin Prater from The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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