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Friday, August 6, 2010

Greg Skrepenak, Former Oakland Raider, Jailed for Corruption

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM

click to enlarge Greg Skrepenak, during happier days at Michigan
  • Greg Skrepenak, during happier days at Michigan
If ever an opponent blasted past former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Greg Skrepenak a little too easily and flattened the quarterback -- maybe it all makes a bit more sense now.

The former football player was today sentenced to two years in jail and fined $5,000 for a corruption conviction. While serving as a commissioner in Luzerne County, Penn., he accepted a $5,000 bribe in exchange for his vote to approve more than $1 million in loans toward a development project.

The 6-foot-6, 322-pound Michigan alum was one of 30 people swept up in a continuing corruption probe. He had faced a sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 -- but he pleaded for leniency, citing his status as a single father and football-related injuries. He also trolled for supportive letters via his Facebook page.

He was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 32nd pick in the 1992 NFL draft. He played for the Raiders until 1995 -- the team's first year back in Oakland -- then suited up for the Carolina Panthers in '96 and '97.

click to enlarge Greg Skrepenak, off the gridiron ... and soon, in jail
  • Greg Skrepenak, off the gridiron ... and soon, in jail
The former "reform candidate" must surrender to prison authorities by the end of the month.

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