Troubled receiver Robinson enters plea in police chase

ST. PETER, Minn. -- Former Viking Koren Robinson reached a deal with prosecutors under which he will be sentenced on a single felony charge of fleeing police after leading officers on a high-speed chase last August.

In exchange for Robinson's Alford plea, prosecutors dismissed seven lesser charges related to drunken driving, reckless driving and driving without a license. Robinson was rushing to get back to training camp before curfew.

An Alford plea allows someone to acknowledge that the evidence could result in a conviction but doesn't require them to admit guilt.

Robinson also agreed not to fight the forfeiture of the leased BMW 760 sedan he drove Aug. 15, when police chased him from St. Peter to Mankato at speeds that officers said sometimes exceeded 100 mph. The car will be turned back to the leaseholder.

Robinson, who is now with the Packers, apologized during his plea hearing Monday and said he didn't know he was being chased until the pursuit ended.

"I was coming back from Minneapolis, trying to get to training camp," Robinson said. "It was a bad decision on my part. I was trying to get back to camp grounds to avoid the fine I was going to get for being late."

Robinson acknowledged in court that police testimony and video from a squad car could lead a jury to find him guilty.

While the felony count carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine, Robinson's attorney, Joe Tamburino, said he will ask the judge for a gross misdemeanor sentence, which would mean a maximum of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Prosecutor Paul Tanis agreed to remain silent on that issue during sentencing.

"The bottom line is it's totally up to the judge," Tamburino said Tuesday.

Robinson's sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 20. Tamburino had asked that it be before Feb. 28, when Robinson is due to begin a 90-day sentence in Green Bay, Wis. That jail term was ordered because the Minnesota chase violated conditions of Robinson's probation from a separate drunken-driving case in Kirkland, Wash., last year.

After he signed with Green Bay, the NFL suspended Robinson for one year for violating its substance-abuse policy.