Michigan DT Smith gets probation in gun case

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith was sentenced to 12 months of probation Thursday for a misdemeanor charge of possessing a gun in his pickup truck without a concealed-weapon permit.

Michigan's Mazi Smith sentenced to probation in gun case 10:19 PM ET Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith was sentenced to 12 months of probation Thursday for a misdemeanor charge of possessing a gun in his pickup truck without a concealed-weapon permit. Washtenaw County Judge Karen Valvo also sentenced Smith to 40 hours of community service and ordered him to retake concealed pistol license training. In addition, he must pay $600 for fines and costs, plus $360 in probation oversight fees. Smith's record will be scrubbed clean if he stays out of trouble during probation. Smith, a first-team All-Big Ten selection who has declared for the NFL draft, was stopped Oct. 7 and arrested for possessing a Glock 19 and loaded magazines without a valid concealed pistol license, Ann Arbor police said. Editor's Picks Michigan DL Smith pleads guilty to lesser charge 36d Adam Rittenberg Smith originally faced a felony weapons charge but pleaded down to the misdemeanor in December. His attorney, John Shea, confirmed the sentencing occurred but did not provide further comment. Smith said he was days away from legally obtaining a concealed pistol license when he was pulled over. "I had my certificate and I meant to turn it in a couple days before I got pulled over," Smith said during a media availability before the Fiesta Bowl. "I had to reschedule for the Wednesday the week after. So, I was like four days away from turning in my certificate." The same prosecutor's office struck a deal with Eastern Michigan basketball star Emoni Bates , who was arrested and similarly charged in September with carrying a concealed weapon in a car. Bates settled the matter as a misdemeanor. He said it was not his car or gun.