A former Husker football player went to prison this week for stealing a 50-inch TV in Lincoln in the summer of 2008.

Andre Jones, who lives in Alabama now, was given a chance at probation on the felony theft charge in 2010, but started skipping probation meetings there last September and didn't pay the fees. In February, a warrant went out for his arrest.

Jones was picked up in Hueytown, Ala., and brought back to Nebraska in June. A month later, he admitted he violated probation.

On Tuesday, Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn sentenced him to one to two years in prison on the case that dates back to June 2008 when Jones stole a 50-inch plasma-screen Pioneer TV worth about $2,800 from the basement of a home where he’d been staying with other football players.

Lincoln police found the TV at a pawn shop, where Jones told an employee he was a football player and got it for playing in a bowl game.

Jones later pleaded guilty to theft by receiving stolen property, a felony.

With credit for 169 days he's already served, he is nearly done with the sentence.

Jones, a native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., joined the Huskers for the 2006 season after playing junior college ball at Fresno City Community College. During his first year in Lincoln, he started all but one game at cornerback and led the team with 52 solo tackles.

Jones played in 10 games in 2007 in a reserve role. While he didn’t start at corner, he saw some action as a kick returner, and finished second on the team to Cortney Grixby in total return yards (456).

Reach Sports Editor Darnell Dickson at ddickson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7320.

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Darnell graduated from BYU and covered Cougar football for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, before taking over as sports editor of the Journal Star in 2011.

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