News Now: Preston Parker Shoplifting Charges Dropped

The state attorney's office has decided to drop petit theft charges against FSU star receiver Preston Parker.

Parker was accused of trying to steal a DVD from the Tallahassee Best Buy back in 2006. He had been in a pre-trial diversion program until his arrest last week in Palm Beach County on gun and drug charges. That prompted the state attorney's office in Tallahassee to revoke his participation in the diversion program here the very next day and schedule a new court date on the petit theft charges.

After conversations with state attorney Willie Meggs and the prosecutor assigned to the case, Diversion Program director Amy Lee says they opted not to pursue the misdemeanor charge in court.

Lee says Parker came in Friday and paid the remaining $170 dollars in fines he owed in the case and Leon County Judge Tim Harley dismissed the charges late Friday afternoon.

The gun and drug charges against Parker are still pending in Palm Beach County. A decision on whether Parker will play for the Seminoles this fall is still up in the air.

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  • by Gatorgirl Location: TallyHo on Apr 30, 2008 at 05:33 PM
    Personally, I hope he does play because when we bet the noles again, the excuse will not be because Parker could not play.
  • by Deon Location: SC on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    The guy can carry the pigskin and is our only chance of beating Florida. This charge should be dropped because it's not against the law to carry a gun, the weed thing can be handled with community service. Play Ball!
  • by ME Location: Florida on Apr 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    Do not blame PParker for the dropped charges. Remember Willie Meggs next election. Was this kid suppose to reject the dropped charge offer? He's not ignorant, just a little stupid at times.
  • by Sick Location: Tally on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    FSU IS A JOKE! If they put as much effort into playing football as they do breaking the law and getting away with it the Noles may be a half way descent team again. So sickening!!!
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Apr 29, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    Did any of you expect anything more than this? Felony State University is a joke. Preston Parker has had since 2006 to pay his fine, but it took him facing a felony in South Fl to make good on it. Charges should have stuck with the DVD incedent. This is sending a message if you play for Felony State Univ, you can get away with anything. St Bobby is not going to allow Preston to miss any games, I can guarentee that. If he was John Q. Citizen the charges would have stuck and he would be in jail. Willie Meggs wimped out when it came to a FSU player.
  • by William Location: Tallahassee on Apr 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    Another case of FSU Football Crime taken care of. Rix, Jan the kicker, and so many more over the years. Get the Tomahawk out for his helment, he will be playing this coming up season. GO FELONY STATE CRIMINALS. You make the good look bad and the bad look great.
  • by Ashamed Location: Panama City on Apr 29, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    fsu is a horrible bruise on college football - not to mention other sports and a university itself in a lot of areas. I am tired of my tax money being stolen to fund that hellhole while other schools use mostly booster money. I want a refund.
  • by Me Location: Tallahassee, Florida on Apr 29, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    I pray that GOD Blesses P.P., and that he grows from this experience. Its sad when kids with 4.0's gpa's are not able to enroll into public universities, but kids with dope, guns and speed get in with 2.5's. what is the message being sent to America's youth here?
  • by JT Location: Lee on Apr 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    Relax. He paid the fine. How much money in time and effort does the SA's office want to waste on a $9.99 cd theft charge when they have an overwhelming case load of real crimes (assault, battery, rape, etc) to review & prosecute. PP is small potatoes to them. there are dozens like him you never hear about because they're average joe citizen and not on a high profile football team, so take a deep breath.
  • by kelly2 on Apr 29, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    Tone: I am a LEO in Miami Dade County...born and raised in Ft Lauderdale and a proud grad of FSU. I LOVED living in Tally (I would go back in a heartbeat if I could)...where there are still good people. South FLA is no rolemodel for North Florida. Just because crime is a disaster down here doesn't mean Tallahassee should just let people do whatever they want and abuse the "overcrowding jail" excuse. Miami Dade needs to stop worrying about a building baseball staduim and build another jail. Obviously Parker won't do jail time, but he doesn't neeed to represent FSU or FSU Football. If there is no punishment, he will do it again...and probably do worse. I'd rather cheer for a losing team than cringe at the news of another FSU player being arrested. Football is the least of his worries...FSU should give him the boot alltogether (like they would anyone else).
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