A former Brigham Young University football player who previously pleaded guilty to drug-related charges has been placed on 18 months probation and ordered to undergo a drug treatment program in Salt Lake.
Steven D. Sanders, 24, was given the sentence Friday during separate appearances before 4th District Judges Cullen Y. Christensen and George E. Ballif. The judges fined Sanders a total of $1,125, and each gave him a suspended prison sentence of zero to five years.As part of a plea bargain, Sanders earlier pleaded guilty to one count each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or misrepresentation and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or misrepresentation - both third-degree felonies.
Last month Sanders received a third suspended prison sentence on a similar drug-related charge in Bountiful. Under terms of his probation, Sanders must remain drug- and alcohol-free and submit to random testing.
A linebacker for BYU in 1985, Sanders was arrested in April 1987 after an Orem pharmacist reported to police that a suspicious prescription for painkillers had been requested over the phone. Previously, Sanders was placed on probation after pleading guilty to similar charges in September 1986.