Former Vol John Kelly issued diversion after guilty plea

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A former Tennessee football star has entered a diversion agreement after pleading guilty to a 2017 misdemeanor drug arrest.

John Kelly, 21, has plead guilty to the charges of simple possession/casual exchange stemming from October 2017 traffic stop.

On October 24, Kelly was driving on Cumberland Avenue with current Vols linebacker Will Ignont when they were pulled over by Knoxville Police for a broken headlight. After smelling marijuana, Kelly and Ignont consented to a search which yielded a bag containing 4.6 grams and a glass pipe.

Since the items were found in the center console, KPD charged each one with one of the items found. Ignont was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Kelly must pay a fine of $250 and court costs. He will be put on a probationary period of 11 months, 29 days that will allow the guilty plea to be wiped from his record if he fulfills the terms of his judicial diversion agreement. Ignont’s charge was dismissed with court costs assessed. 

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