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Henry pleads guilty to pot charge, avoids jail

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry
pleaded guilty Wednesday to marijuana possession, avoiding jail
time after completing a drug rehabilitation program.

Henry, who still faces firearms charges in Florida, paid a $250
fine and court costs, and prosecutors dropped a speeding charge
from his Dec. 15 arrest.

In Kenton County District Court, Henry told Judge Ann Ruttle
that he has learned from his arrest and the 28-day drug treatment
program he went through.

"I see that I am responsible to my team and my coach and to all
Bengals fans to be completely drug-free," Henry said. "To all of
them, I can only say that I'm sorry."

Henry could have faced up to a year in jail, though prosecutors
wouldn't normally seek jail time on the misdemeanor charge for a
first-time offender with no prior record.

They had considered a diversion program for Henry, but dropped
that after Henry was arrested Jan. 28 in Orlando, Fla., on felony
counts of possession of a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of
a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. That case is
pending.

Henry had 31 catches for 422 yards and six touchdowns in 2005,
his rookie year out of West Virginia.