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Browns’ draft pick arrested

Pharms accused of first-degree robbery

May 3, 2001

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— Cleveland Browns draft pick Jeremiah Pharms was arrested on charges he was the triggerman in a drug-related robbery last year.

The former Washington linebacker was released Wednesday on $250,000 bail in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., where he was arrested by officers from Seattle.

Prosecutors said Wednesday his blood was found in a car used in the robbery near the Washington campus in March 2000.

If convicted of first-degree robbery, Pharms, a father of three, could be sentenced to up to 81/2 years in prison. King County prosecutor Norm Maleng said Pharms could face additional charges.

Browns coach Butch Davis said he called Washington's coaches, Pharms' agent and mother after hearing of the arrest. "This was kind of a shock to everybody," Davis said. "But one of the most horrible things you can do is jump to a conclusion."

Pharms, a 6-1, 250-pound linebacker, is accused of pistol-whipping and shooting a man while robbing him of a quarter-pound of marijuana, worth $1,500, at a home near campus. The man was hit in the leg and the bullet lodged in his chest.

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