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    Ram's Little to appeal conviction

    Posted: Friday May 20, 2005 12:50PM; Updated: Friday May 20, 2005 12:50PM
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little _ acquitted last month of felony drunken driving -- plans to appeal a related misdemeanor speeding conviction and the resulting sentence of two years of probation.

    Little's attorneys notified authorities this week of their plan to appeal, including the probation requirement that Little not consume alcohol.

    A St. Louis County jury convicted Little of driving his 2003 Mercedes at 78 mph in a 55-mph zone on westbound Interstate 64 in Ladue on April 24, 2004. The drunken-driving allegation was a felony because Little had pleaded guilty in 1999 to manslaughter in a fatal crash.

    During last month's sentencing, St. Louis County Circuit Judge Emmett O'Brien rejected a prosecutor's request that Little get 30 days of "shock time" in jail. But O'Brien emphasized that the 30-year-old athlete may not consume alcohol as a condition of his probation, and that if he does he'll get six months in jail.

    Ladue police officer Gregory Stork alleged that Little flunked three field sobriety tests. But at trial, defense attorney Scott Rosenblum said Stork didn't follow proper procedures in administering the tests.

    Little refused to take a breath analysis test at the Ladue police station.

    In the deadly 1998 wreck, Little ran a stoplight in downtown St. Louis and collided with a car driven by Susan Gutweiler, 47, of suburban St. Louis, who was killed.


    Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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    Re: Ram's Little to appeal conviction

    Anybody else hope he loses this appeal? I think it'd be good for him.

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    Re: Ram's Little to appeal conviction

    Quote Originally Posted by ZigZagRam
    Anybody else hope he loses this appeal? I think it'd be good for him.
    ZigZag, I tend to agree. He was fortunate things went his way and should quit while he's ahead. Whether or not the case, it has the look of an appeal being made for the express purpose of being able to consume alcohol, which somehow doesn't seem right considering everything that's happened.


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