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Wilder to remain in jail through Saturday

Posted Jun 28, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Former Plant High star running back/linebacker James Wilder, Jr., now a tailback at Florida State University, will be in jail through Saturday night after admitting to a Leon County judge he violated the terms of his probation, the Tallahassee Democrat reported today.

The 20-year-old Wilder was sentenced to 11 days in jail but was credited for eight already served following his recent arrest for turning up to a court-mandated work day registering 0.01 on a breathalyzer test. During his court appearance Thursday morning, Wilder was also adjudicated guilty on a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence and ordered to two additional days of anger management counseling.

“He admitted the violation (of probation),” Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen told the Democrat. “We did it to get him out of jail. ... If he had not done this, it could have been a couple of days or a week just to be heard by the judge. He was at the mercy of the court. He wanted to get it resolved and get out of jail.”

Thursday’s sentencing closes a case that started in February when Wilder was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence when the officer came to arrest Wilder’s girlfriend at his Tallahassee apartment. At an April 4 court appearance, Wilder was ordered to nine days of a work camp, six months of probation, told to write a letter of apology to the officer and to complete an anger-management course.

During one of those work days, Wilder was given a breathalyzer test and was sent home after registering a 0.01 on the device.

“He did not drink alcohol the night before,” Jansen told the Democrat. “I don’t know what else he ingested that caused that. It could have been (mouthwash). The credibility on that machine is bad. That’s why a 0.01 is not admissible.”

Jansen also said his Wilder decided not to contest the breathalyzer result because “he just wants this whole thing resolved.”

It’s still be seen what action Seminoles football coach Jimbo Fisher will take against Wilder for these run-ins with the law. But it was key for Wilder to have the original charges reduced to a misdemeanor because Florida State’s athletic department policy does not allow athletes with pending felony charges to compete.

Wilder was one of the nation’s top recruits at running back coming out of Plant in 2010. He earned playing time as a true freshman at FSU last fall and was the Seminoles’ third-leading rusher with 160 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries.

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