Former Boise State receiver Titus Young now faces at least 3 felonies

Two burglary felonies added Tuesday, the same day he pleads not guilty in a California courtroom.

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comMay 15, 2013 

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young (16) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.


Former Boise State and NFL wide receiver Titus Young made his first court appearance Tuesday in connection with a spate of recent run-ins with police, pleading not guilty in Orange County, Calif.

Young, 23, now faces eight charges in Orange County, including three felonies, after prosecutors brought two additional felony burglary charges against the troubled former second-round NFL Draft pick. If convicted on all counts, Young could spend seven years and six months in prison.

He is charged with burglary in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the second degree, two counts of assault on a peace officer, two counts of battery on a peace officer and one count of resisting a peace officer in Orange County. The final five charges are misdemeanors.

Bail was set at $25,000, a spokeswoman for the court told the Idaho Statesman. He had a private attorney at the hearing. Young, who has additional hearings May 24 and May 28, remained in jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

The two second-degree burglary charges stem from two May 4 incidents at a convenience store/gas station in Laguna Hills, Calif., according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Young is accused of walking into the store and stealing a bottle of water and candy. He left the store and then returned and is accused of stealing cigars, according to the district attorney's office spokeswoman, Farrah Emami.

The charges are felonies not because of the theft but because of the intent, she said.

The other charges in Orange County are related to a May 11 incident in San Clemente, Calif. Young is accused of breaking into a home and then fleeing when a resident inside the home discovered him and called 911, according to Emami. When officers found Young, he fled. When they caught him, he scuffled with them, including trying to put his hands around the neck of one deputy, Emami said. The deputies did not suffer serious injuries.

The homeowner told Los Angeles-area media he was prepared to shoot Young before he left the house.

Young also has two pending cases in Riverside County, which also has issued a restraining order against him for an unrelated case.

At 12:01 a.m. on May 5, Young was arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving in Riverside County. An officer conducted a traffic stop after a black Mustang drove into oncoming traffic, making an illegal turn directly in front of the patrol car, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

After being booked into a detention center, Young was issued a citation and released from custody.

At 2:22 p.m the same day, Young was arrested for burglary for allegedly attempting to take his vehicle from the tow yard where his car had been stored after his earlier arrest, according to the sheriff's department.

Young posted a $5,000 bond and was released. No formal charges have been filed in either case in Riverside County.

Additionally, a woman filed for a permanent restraining order against Young in Riverside County on May 8. The complaint lists her child as Titus D. Young Jr. Young changed his name to Titus Young Sr. shortly after the birth of his son last year.

The court issued a temporary restraining order against Young, and there is a court hearing scheduled for May 29.

Young's father, Richard, told media outlets this week that Titus is suffering from a mental illness. Richard Young said his son has been in at least three outpatient facilities and was slated to go to another Monday before his latest arrest.

Richard Young said Titus Young has been prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, but that he has not been taking them regularly.

Both Richard Young and E.C. Robinson, Titus Young's high school football coach, said they believe the player is suffering from concussion-related problems.

Robinson also said Young may be using synthetic marijuana.

Brian Murphy: 377-6444,Twitter: @MurphsTurph

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