Brooks free after months in boot camp

Updated: August 30, 2003, 1:09 PM ET

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ark. -- Former Arkansas Razorback Jermaine Brooks is a free man after completing an intense boot camp program through the state Correction Department.

Brooks, a defensive co-captain until getting kicked off the football team in October, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in February.

A plea bargain allowed him to participate in the department's four-month boot camp program.

Brooks was released from the boot camp at the Wrightsville unit south of Little Rock with about 40 other inmates Friday afternoon, following a 103-day stint that included classroom study, hundreds of hours of manual labor and a strict environment.

Brooks is on probation until March 26, 2013. Had he not entered the boot camp, he would have gone to prison and not been eligible for parole until Dec. 7, 2004.

Brooks started all six games for Arkansas in 2002 before his arrest. In the 2001 season, Brooks started seven of 11 games and had 56 tackles.

Brooks pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana), one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of theft by receiving.

Brooks, 23, of Pasadena, Calif., originally was charged with seven felony counts after undercover police allegedly bought marijuana from him on Oct. 22 at his off-campus apartment. Police said Brooks either sold or possessed 10 1/2 pounds of marijuana. During a raid that day, officers seized several guns and nearly $17,000 in cash.

Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Brooks did very well during his time in the boot camp.

"He tried very hard," she said. "He got along well with the staff and other inmates. He was also most studious and worked very diligently."

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