A federal judge has ordered a former University of Utah football player to donate 100 hours of community service and placed him on three years probation for his cocaine-dealing conviction.
In addition to community service, U.S. District David Sam ordered Darren Hughes, Lynwood, Calif., to pay a $50 in victim restitution fees, obey all state and federal laws, submit to urinalysis tests periodically and not associate with anyone who uses illegal drugs.Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Nelson had urged that Hughes spend some time in prison, but the judge rejected her request.
Hughes pleaded guilty after being charged with five drug-dealing counts. He admitted selling $200 of cocaine to a federal informant. He apologized to the judge for his actions.
Hughes was indicted with former teammate Martel S. Black and fellow student Samuel A. Simmons on federal cocaine-trafficking charges.
Black and Simmons are scheduled for trial Oct. 17 before Judge David Winder.
Responding to the charges against the football players, Ute Coach Jim Fassel suspended Hughes for at least one year. However, Hughes could rejoin the team if he stops his involvement with drugs, the coach said.
Black will not be permitted to play football for the U. again, Fassel said.