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Jailed Michigan State player to be freed

East Lansing, Mich. -- Michigan State football player Chris Rucker is in jail for a probation violation but will be freed Thursday, a judge in East Lansing said Monday.

Judge David Jordon told the Detroit Free Press that Rucker, a senior cornerback, had been scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, but a plea agreement reduced his Oct. 10 charge of operating while intoxicated to misdemeanor reckless driving.

Rucker began serving his sentence in the Ingham County Jail when the plea deal was reached last Thursday. Rucker got credit for one day served after his Oct. 10 arrest. He had a blood alcohol level of .10, police said.

Because Rucker had been on probation since last March from a misdemeanor assault and battery charge, his probation officer recommended jail time on the new charge.
Rucker's original probation of 12 months for the assault and battery charge will continue through next March, but his new sentence for reckless driving puts him on probation for two years.

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