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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