Redfield fails drug test, denied plea agreement
Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Former Notre Dame football player Max Redfield was denied a plea agreement Tuesday after failing a drug test, according to a report from WNDU.
Redfield and four other current Notre Dame football players were pulled over in Fulton County in August and arrested on charges of marijuana possession. Redfield was additionally charged with possession of a handgun without a license.
Redfield pleaded guilty to all counts in November, and had agreed to a plea deal requiring no jail time and mandating a 180-day probation period. However, at his sentencing hearing Tuesday, prosecutors withdrew the deal because he tested positive for marijuana during a court-ordered drug test, Fulton County Deputy Prosecutor Michael Marrs said in an interview with the South Bend Tribune.
According to the article in the Tribune, Fulton Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele ordered the drug screen as part of the county probation department’s pre-sentence investigation.
The defense attorney for Redfield, Randy Fisher, said he was “completely blindsided” by the results of the test, according to the South Bend Tribune.
“I question the validity of the test,” Fisher said in a phone interview with the Tribune. “We had Mr. Redfield tested independently the same week as part of a substance abuse program he entered on his own, and he tested negative for any drugs prior to the court-ordered testing.”
Redfield’s next court date is set for Jan. 3, and both lawyers are currently working on a new agreement, according to the Tribune.
Following his arrest in August, Redfield was dismissed from the football team and subsequently expelled from the University.