Former Clemson standout defensive back, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruin, Jadar Johnson has received probation, after pleading guilty, for his role in an armed robbery March 28.

According to court records, Johnson received a sentence, under the “youthful offender act,’ not to exceed six years, suspended to three years probation, 200 hours home detention for nine months outside of season. Johnson must also submit to random drug and alcohol testing, as well as receive mental health counseling.

Johnson, the late C.J. Fuller (also a former Tiger) and former Duke football player Quaven Ferguson were each charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a crime.

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The three men were accused of robbing the apartment of a former teammate while he was at practice.

On the afternoon of March 28 at around 4 p.m., three men arrived at an apartment on Sloan Street in the downtown area of Clemson.

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They found a woman at the apartment. In the 911 call, the woman stated she was at the residence and was forced inside at gunpoint by two men.

According to the 911 tape, the three men were described as wearing hoods that were “pulled tight” so all that could be seen was their eyes. But during a struggle with the victim, she pulled out some of the assailant's hair, which she described as being “shorter dreadlocks.”

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Police were able to identify three suspects from surveillance footage taken from the downtown parking garage that showed them entering a white Mercedes-Benz.

After he got home from practice, the player told police that the only person he knew driving that type of vehicle “would be C.J. Fuller.”

The three individuals were arrested and arraigned on March 29 at the Clemson Municipal Court.

With Johnson’s plea, of guilty to “Robbery/ Common law robbery, strong arm robbery,” under the “youthful offenders act” his record is not eligible for expungement for five years.

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.


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