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NFL Star Lewis Expected to Serve Prison Term in Drug Case - 2004-10-08


National Football League running back Jamal Lewis will not be able to outrun a trip to jail. The Baltimore Ravens player is expected to be sentenced to four months in federal prison and two months in a halfway house after pleading guilty on Thursday to a lesser charge in a federal drug conspiracy case.

Lewis will serve his sentence during the NFL offseason and could also be suspended by the league.

Lewis pleaded guilty to using a cell phone to violate federal law by trying to set up a drug transaction more than four years ago. Under the plea agreement, drug conspiracy and attempted cocaine possession charges are to be dropped.

Lewis ran 2,066 yards last season, the second-highest total in NFL history.

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