Former Packer Johnny Jolly granted "shock probation"

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Former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was granted early release from prison when a judge granted his request for "shock probation."

Jolly applied for the probationary term, 10 years in length, which can be permitted certain convicts in Texas after experiencing the "shock and trauma of prison."

Jolly must also serve 200 hours community service. A violation of the probation will result in another prison sentence.

Jolly told the judge he is not a criminal, but is an addict. He's been arrested multiple times and said he's been addicted to codeine since high school.

Before pleading guilty to narcotics charges in April, Jolly was arrested in Houston in 2008 for possession of codeine. The NFL later suspended him for the 2010 season, during which the Packers won the Super Bowl, because of a violation of its substance-abuse policy.

The Packers selected Jolly in the sixth round of the 2006 draft out of Texas A&M. He was a full-time starter in 2008 and '09.
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