Former Arkansas Tech Football Player Pleads in Gun Theft Case

February 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:43 p.m. CST

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) _ A former Arkansas Tech football player

accused it the burglary of a gun store, in which weapons, police

uniforms and other items were taken, has pleaded guilty to a felony

theft charge.

Twenty-two-year-old Cedric Cursh of Foreman agreed to testify

against a co-defendant as part of a deal with prosecutors. Cursh is

to serve 10 years in state prison.

Cursh and 19-year-old Jason Butler, also a former Tech football

player, were charged with burglarizing Arkansas Guns and Ammo in

Dardanelle on July 23rd.

Dardanelle police said at the time of the break-in that 18

pistols and one rifle had been stolen, as well as ammunition,

gunpowder and knives.

Store owner Terry Byrd of Dardanelle later said police uniforms,

sew-on law enforcement patches, gun holsters and caps were also


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