Jesus Wilson Pleads No Contest to Misdemeanors in Scooter Theft

Jesus Wilson, WR, FSU

July 31, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

An FSU football player accused of stealing a scooter enters a plea that could get him back on the gridiron, but that hasn't happened yet.

We have exclusive video of Jesus Wilson in court.

Jesus "Bobo" Wilson raised his right hand in court Thursday and accepted a plea deal that would spare him a felony record and could get him reinstated to the FSU football team.

"Do you believe this to be in your best interest?" Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll asked.

"Yes, Sir."

Wilson was accused of stealing a scooter outside the Love Building on June 11th. Tallahassee Police officers saw him riding on it six days later. Arrest reports say Wilson initially told police he borrowed the scooter but later admitted to taking it.

"This is a bright young man who has no criminal history whatsoever, has never been in trouble whatsoever," defense attorney Tim Jansen said. "It was a freshman mistake in judgement."

Wilson is an up and coming wide receiver and punt returner expected to make an impact on the field this fall.

FSU automatically suspends athletes from competition if they are charged with felonies.

Wilson wound up pleading no contest to two misdemeanors, petit theft and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to two years on probation and 30 days on the jail work camp.

"He pleaded no contest to move forward ... move forward with his education and with football," Jansen said.

The plea comes just days before FSU football players report to camp and the deal specifically mentions that Wilson will be allowed to travel out of state with the team and won't have to serve those jail work days until after the football season is over.

Wilson has paid the full purchase price of the scooter as restitution.

A spokesman with FSU Football says coaches have not yet made a decision on whether Wilson will return to the team. We'll let you know what they decide.

July 31, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

An FSU football player accused of stealing a scooter parked on campus has entered a plea to a pair of misdemeanors.

Jesus Wilson pleaded no contest to petit theft and criminal mischief in court this morning. He originally faced felony charges.

The judge sentenced Wilson to 30 days on the jail work camp and two years on probation. He can terminate his probation after a year if he follows all the rules.

Wilson's lawyer Tim Jansen called the scooter theft a "mistake" and said he's hopeful Wilson will be reinstated to the team now that there are no felony charges against him.

As part of the plea deal, Wilson will be allowed to travel out of state with the team and will be able to begin serving his jail work camp days after the football season is over.

Jansen says Wilson has already paid restitution for the original purchase price of the scooter.

By Julie Montanaro
July 10, 2014

An FSU football player is arrested and accused of stealing a scooter on campus.

Up and coming wide receiver Jesus "Bobo" Wilson now faces felony charges and has been suspended from the team.

Wide receiver and punt returner Jesus "Bobo" Wilson racked more than a hundred yards in the Noles spring game. Now he's racked up an arrest record too.

Wilson is accused of stealing a scooter outside the Love Building. Arrest papers say he was caught riding around on it six days later.

"Students like me who've worked hard to get into this school, you know, we want our school to be prestigious and we keep hearing about these problems with the football players and I feel that's a bad name on our school," FSU student Kevin Bailey said.

"It's disappointing," FSU student Meghan McCaskill said, "especially given all of our national attention with winning the national championship, you would hope that they would act a little better."

It all started on June 11th, arrest papers say, when a student parked his brand new red scooter outside the Love Building. He says it was raining and he either left his keys in the ignition or dropped them nearby. When he came back three hours later, the scooter was gone.

On June 17th, arrest papers say, Tallahassee Police spotted the stolen scooter and Wilson was driving it. He claimed a classmate loaned it to him.

"That didn't pan out," FSU Police Spokesman Jim Russell, "and finally he basIcally just said - there was some communication to us that indicated he was the one responsible."

Wilson told police "he didn't plan to keep the scooter that long, but had no details on how he planned to return the scooter."

He turned himself in on Wednesday and is out on bond. says Wilson "is expected to make a big impact in 2014." It's not clear now whether he'll get that chance.

"I heard that they suspended him which is good and responsible for FSU," FSU Student Joe McDaniels said, "but hopefully the FSU football team can be on the news for doing good things instead of bad."

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher suspended Wilson, but a statement from FSU says he can still practice and train with the team.

Update: Statement from Florida State University
July 10, 2014

The following statement has been issued by Florida State:

Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday that sophomore Jesus Wilson has been suspended in accordance with the athletics department’s code of conduct policy (attached). A student-athlete can continue to practice and train under the policy.

By: Julie Montanaro
July 10, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An FSU football player has been arrested and accused of stealing a scooter on campus.

Arrest papers say back up wide receiver Jesus Wilson admitted to taking the scooter which was parked outside the Love Building.

Tallahassee Police spotted Wilson riding on the scooter 6 days later. Arrest papers say he initially claimed to have borrowed the scooter from a classmate, but later admitted to taking it when he saw the keys in the ignition.

Wilson is a back up wide receiver and punt returner for the Seminoles.

We are checking to see how the felony arrest will impact his status with the team.

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