Former Vol Edwards pleads guilty in connection to armed robbery attempt

Former Vol Edwards pleads guilty in connection to armed robbery attempt

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Former Tennessee defensive back Mike Edwards pleaded guilty Thursday in connection to an attempted armed robbery on the UT Strip last fall.

Edwards pleaded guilty to a charge of felony reckless endangerment, a lesser charge than what he originally faced which was attempted aggravated robbery.

The plea carries a two year sentence.

However, Edwards will be placed on judicial diversion, meaning if he stays out of trouble with law enforcement for two years, he won't have to serve any jail time.

The prosecution says Edwards also needs to stay in school during that time.

His attorney said he won't attend UT.

Eight or nine schools are competing for Edwards. He's due to make his decision in 24 hours. He said his top two picks are Tennessee State and Texas Southern University, but he also mentioned Eastern Kentucky University and Grambling State University.

Edwards, along with Janzen Jackson, a 19-year-old defensive back, and former wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, was arrested and charged for an attempted robbery of three men in a car at Pilot on the UT Strip on November 12.

A UT student, Marie Montmarquet, was also arrested with the players.

Former head coach Lane Kiffin dismissed Edwards and Richardson shortly after their arrests.

Later in November, the attempted armed robbery charges against Jackson and Montmarquet were dropped.

On Thursday 6 News obtained a copy of the surveillance video that caught the whole crime on tape. In the video you first see Richardson get out of a blue hybrid at the Pilot on Cumberland Avenue.

Richardson approaches the driver of a white car which is parked parallel just steps away.

Richardson is armed with a pellet gun prosecutors said and tried to rob the driver.

Then Edwards enters the picture. The former football player first puts on a

hoodie over his Tennessee shirt, opens the backseat door joining in on the robbery attempt.

There were 3 men in the white car.

"I want to apologize to Knoxville, the whole community and the fans, I love Knoxville, it's a beautiful place," said Edwards.

An apology and this explanation when asked why.

"I was at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Edwards.

"It reflects a limited role on what occcured out there and we are grateful that we were able to reach a reasonable resolution," said defense attorney David Eldridge.

Edwards says he would love to get a second chance to play for UT but he says he knows that's just not going to happen.



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