Cadet Ousted from West Point after Guilty Plea to Drug Charges
WEST POINT -- Cadet Tevin Long was sentenced to 30 days confinement and booted from West Point after pleading guilty to drug charges during a court-martial proceeding Monday.
Long, a member of the class of 2017 and a former football player for Army, also must forfeit all pay and allowances.
Military judge Lt. Col Steven Neill pronounced the sentence following a day-long proceeding at West Point.
Long was among six cadets charged in November with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and wrongful possession and distribution of controlled substances, both violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Long was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday.
But after he agreed to plead guilty to certain specifications under both charges, they proceeded with a sentencing hearing.
Prosecutors asked for a year of confinement, while his defense team argued that he has begun the process of rehabilitation and can better use his experience to help others avoid the same pitfalls.
Long made an impassioned plea to the judge to let him go forward with his life.
"I do not know how I will ever forgive myself for squandering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Long said before the judge considered his sentence.
Long, a Texas native, came to West Point as a quarterback but was switched to defense, playing safety and cornerback. He started five games in 2015, his last season with the team.
He blamed injuries suffered playing football for turning him to drugs.
He pleaded guilty to conspiring with other cadets to bring controlled substances, including oxycodone and alprazolam, onto the West Point campus.
One other cadet charged the same time as Long is awaiting a court-martial, too, while four others are awaiting a decision by West Point brass as to how to proceed with their cases.
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