Former OSU Buckeye and Colts Quarterback Gets 11 Years In Prison
Former Ohio State and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter has been sentenced by a federal judge to nearly 11 years in prison for scamming participants in what authorities called a million-dollar sports ticket scheme.
The 52 year old Schlichter had been down this road before, spending time in prison in Indiana related to his gambling addiction, which he claimed to have overcome. But he continued to struggle, by his own admission, and his stumbles included testing positive for cocaine use while on house arrest following his guilty plea in the ticket case.
The 127-month sentence reflects both punishment for the ticket scheme and time for violating probation from Schlichter’s 1997 forgery and theft conviction in Indiana.
One of Schlichter’s victims in the ticket scheme was the widow of a former Wendy’s Co. president, whose attorney said last year she had been ruined by Schlichter. Anita Barney’s homes are being foreclosed and her only income is from Social Security, attorney William Loveland said.
Schlicter claims to have a severe drug abuse problem and has said he is ashamed of his addiction. Schlichter has asked for prison drug abuse counseling once he’s sentenced.