Former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil reached a plea agreement on armed robbery charges that will put him behind bars for at least three years, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
His case was about to go to trial, and McNeil was facing a sentence of 21 years to life if he was found guilty.
"The totality of the circumstances make this the best deal," McNeil's attorney, Ben Hand, said according to al.com.
The charge stemmed from an armed robbery in March of 2011 involving four AU football players. All four, including McNeil, were subsequently dismissed by Gene Chizik, the Tigers' head coach.
McNeil was a focal point of Selena Roberts' controversial story on the Auburn football program. Roberts' story painted McNeil as a possible victim of internal school politics. McNeil was quoted in the story that he felt he was being made a scapegoat.