Convicted felon will be called as witness vs. Johnny Jolly

When Johnny Jolly’s trial finally gets going in Harris County, Texas, a two-time convoicted felon will be a witness for the state against the Green Bay Packers defensive lineman.

A bench warrant was issued for Herman Betancourt to be a witness against Jolly in his felony drug case, according to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Betancourt is in the midst of a 10-year sentence for possessing at least 400 grams of codeine. Jolly has been charged with possessing 200 grams of codeine and could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

Betancourt was arrested more than two months before Jolly in May 2008. He is eligible for parole on July 5, per the report. Per Bedard, Betancourt could be used as a witness to testify that Jolly “bought, sold, funded, transported and aided in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana” between 2006 and May 2008.

Jolly’s trial is scheduled to begin on Monday but Bedard points out there is a good chance that doesn’t happen.

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