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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have recommended deferred prosecution for a former University of Alabama basketball player who testified that his mother was behind the kidnapping of a 6-year-old relative from her Mississippi elementary school.

Deferred prosecution means the charge against 19-year-old Devonta Pollard will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for two years while on what is effectively probation.

Pollard was a high school standout in Mississippi before getting a scholarship to Alabama in 2012. He withdrew after being charged in the kidnapping.

He testified Wednesday against his mother, Jesse Mae Brown Pollard. Closing arguments are Thursday.

The child was taken from East Kemper Elementary School in east Mississippi on April 30 and dropped off unharmed near a stranger’s mobile home the next day.

 

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