AP Reports Little innocent
Little Found Innocent of Drunken Driving
The Associated Press
Friday, April 01, 2005
St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was found innocent of drunken driving Friday by a St. Louis County Circuit jury.
Jurors ruled that Little was speeding at the time of his arrest April 24 on Interstate 64 in a St. Louis suburb. He will be sentenced on that charge May 6.
The verdict assures Little that he will not be considered a persistent offender, which had been a possibility under the charges. Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 1999 in the death of 47-year-old Susan Gutweiler. His blood-alcohol level was nearly twice Missouri's legal limit at the time of the crash.
Little served three months in jail, completed 1,000 hours of community service and four years of probation for the earlier crime. He was also suspended without pay for the first half of the 1999 season.
Little had 46 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and recovered four fumbles last season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003.