A violation of his probation landed Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. in some legal trouble last week, though the technicality of the violation was, shall we say, underwhelming. Wilder showed trace amounts of alcohol consumption during a routine breathalyzer test and was told to leave the work site to which he had been assigned.
Be that as it may, Wilder failed to do what the law asked of him. This morning, he entered a plea in Leon County Court accepting responsibility for his actions. As a result, he will finish his final three days of an 11-day jail sentence and complete two more anger management classes.
Additionally, Wilder’s attorney, Tim Jansen, told the Orlando Sentinel that his client’s probation has been extended to either September or October.
Had Wilder not agreed to the plea, he could have spent another couple of weeks in prison.
“Under the circumstances, he couldn’t afford to just sit in jail and wait; to wait for another hearing,” Jansen said. “It was basically in his best interest to get the case resolved.”
Wilder was initially arrested on a pair of felony charges stemming from an incident that initially began as an attempt by the police to arrest his girlfriend this past February. Wilder pleaded no contest in early April to a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence.
Wilder will be released from jail on Sunday.