INDIANAPOLIS — Former Colts quarterback Art Schlichter was found unresponsive at the Hampton Inn in Ohio in June.
In Schlichter’s hotel room, officers found a substance believed to be cocaine.
Police responded to reports of an overdose at the Hampton Inn on Lyman Drive in Hilliard, Ohio, according to court documents. Officers were unable to press the 62-year-old Schlichter for a response.
He was resuscitated with the help of Narcan, a nasal spray used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses, including symptoms of respiratory distress. .
A test of the substance found in Schlichter’s hotel room came back as cocaine, court documents say. Schlichter was charged with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.
schlichteris a former Ohio star quarterback who was selected 4th overall in the 1982 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.
He appears in Franklin County District Court on Friday.
seemingly new beginning
Schlichter was released from prison in June 2021 after a 20-year prison sentence that shattered his NFL dreams, leading to financial fraud and theft brought on by his gambling addiction.
Schlichter was eligible for parole on June 13, 2021, and was released the next day from Trumbull Correctional Facility in Levittsburg, Ohio, according to court records.
According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections, Schlichter will remain “under APA supervision” for the next five years. This meant that Schlichter would be overseen by the Ohio Office of Adult Parole, which was responsible for the return of adult felons to the community.
As part of his parole, Schlichter had to sign a contract agreeing to a number of rules, including not owning a gun, not using illegal drugs, and leaving the state without notifying the parole officer.
“My advice to anyone who comes across Mr. Schlichter is to not get involved in any business dealings, purchases, or other transactions that involve giving him money,” said former Franklin (Ohio) County prosecutor Ron O’Brien told IndyStar in 2021.
“(He’s) a career criminal who engages in fraud as a career,” O’Brien said. “He can’t help himself. He’ll do this the rest of his life.”
IndyStar reached out to Schlichter’s attorney, Stephen Palmer, who did not immediately respond Wednesday night.
“He’s past the rehab stage.”
Schlichter pleaded guilty to a large-scale ticket scheme that robbed victims of millions of dollars in September 2011. In that scheme, he promised the purchaser tickets to his NFL game with the college, but he never delivered the tickets, even though the tickets were paid for. He was sentenced and released on bail.
Four months later, in January 2012, Schlichter’s bail was revoked for drug use. According to court records, Schlichter was charged with violating the terms of his house arrest, testing positive for cocaine twice, and then refusing to provide urine samples. he was detained.
In May 2012, Schlichter was sentenced to nearly 11 years at the Federal Institute for Corrections in Florence, Colorado and 10 years in prison in Ohio. The two sentences were to be executed simultaneously, and Schlichter was to be released on August 18, 2020 in good faith.
But from inside the prison walls, just months before his scheduled release, Schlichter had women outside the prison bet on his behalf, O’Brien told The Independent.
“Sad and tragic”:Ex-Colts quarterback Art Schlichter’s life in prison
O’Brien said he was also betting with other inmates. Prison officials learned through emails and phone calls that Schlichter was gambling from the inside. He was banned from his email for 90 days for gambling, according to prison records.
2020, Indistar spoke exclusively with Schlichter from behind the bar. He said he wanted to tell his story about how he was wronged by courts and prosecutors.
When Schlichter is released in 2021, O’Brien said, “He’s past the rehab phase.”
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This article originally appeared in the Indianapolis Star. Art Schlichter: Source, Former Colts QB Charged With Cocaine Possession