Titus Young pleads not guilty on eight counts, could face over seven years in prison

The saga of former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young rolls unmerrily along. Young, who participated in several criminal acts over the last few days, is currently on medical hold at the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., pleaded not guilty to a total of eight criminal charges at a video arraignment on Tuesday. On May 5, Young was arrested for a DUI, and was arrested again later that day for trying to steal his car from the impound lot. And on May 10, he was charged with burglary, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest after he tried to break into a San Clemente, Calif. home and fought with police during a chase.

In addition, the Detroit Free Press reports, Young is being charged with two additional felonies for a May 4 incident in which he stole candy, bottled water, and cigars from a Chevron station in Orange County. Farrah Emami, a spokesperson for the Orange County prosecutor’s office, said that Young first stole the candy and water, then returned to pilfer the cigars. He was not arrested at the time, but was identified at the scene. Emani said that each entrance into the store carries its own charge because he entered a commercial property with the intent to steal.

According to the Free Press, Young faces a possible sentence of 7 1/2 years in prison, or more, if he is convicted of all charges. He could still face additional counts of DUI and felony burglary for the May 5 incidents. Recently, his bail was reduced from $75,000 to $25,000, and according to USA Today, Young's family is considering whether to put up that money.

Based on Young's recent past, he might be better off in jail -- it's perfectly clear at this point that he has no ability to take care of himself. On Monday, Young's father Richard told the Free Press that he's seen his son spiral downward quickly, and that football-related concussions may be part of the reason. After a concussion Young allegedly suffered in 2012, Richard Young said, his son was concerned about his own mental well-being.

“He said, ‘I don’t feel good.’ He just started crying,” Mr. Young said his son told him. “He said, ‘I just don’t feel good. I’m not myself, I don’t feel good, Dad. I don’t know what’s happening to me.’”

Recently, according to his father, Young sought help at different facilities in California and Texas, and has been taking the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel, though not according to doctor's orders.

“Ain’t nothing we can do, man, but pray," Mr. Young concluded. "We just want Titus to get well, that’s all we’re doing right now ... We ain’t thinking about football, we’re thinking about our son now, because I don’t know what’s going on with him.

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