A tearful Johnny Jolly was sentenced to six years in prison today for violating terms of his probation stemming from previous drug arrests.

The former defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, who was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, pleaded with Judge Denise Bradley for another chance. Instead, Jolly was sent away following his third drug arrest in three years in the Houston area. He was repeatedly arrested for possession of codeine.

However, Jolly can apply for probation after 18 months, which will come up in January 2013. So, it is possible he could be back out on the street in a little more than a year. He had already been in jail. Jolly’s most recent arrest violated terms of probation he received in April.

"It was extremely sad, a young man's life completely thrown away because he has an addiction problem," said Jolly's attorney, Letitia Quinones. "I tried to relay to the judge that the only infractions against the law or the NFL was codeine possession and/or use. A person like that needs help not prison, however she did not agree with us and sentenced him to prison. I just hope he keeps his cool and makes something of himself afterwards."
 

Once an up-and-coming member of the Packers defense, Jolly started 32 games in 2008 and 2009. He did not play for the Super Bowl champions last season.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune