NEW: Boca football player gets probation, essay assignment after plea


A Boca Raton standout football player has been placed on probation for three years and ordered to write a 500-word essay after he plead guilty to forcibly removing Air Jordan sneakers from an 11-year-old boy and stealing his bike, according to court records.

Shelley Singletary, an 18-year-old running back and defensive back who considered a major college prospect, was directed by Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer on June 19 to explain on paper what he has learned from the case. There is no indication in court documents when the paper is due.

Singletary, who has worn an ankle monitor since his arrest Jan. 30, was credited with 190 days in jail and must complete 30 hours of community service. He also must remain enrolled at school or employed. Schosberg Feuer withheld adjudication, meaning that the robbery charge won’t be on Singletary’s record if he successfully completes his probation.

Whether Singletary, who once had a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, will be allowed to play football next season at Boca Raton is unknown.

Boca Raton High football coach Eric Davis said this week that Singletary “is not part of this program at this time.” In April, Boca principal Susie King told the school’s football staff that Singletary would not be allowed to participate in any team functions until his criminal court case was resolved.

King’s decision came after Schosberg Feuer modified the terms of Singletary’s house arrest March 16 allowing him to take part in spring practice.

Singletary was in a car with three juveniles Jan. 25 when they spotted the 11-year-old riding his bike in the Oaks of Boca neighborhood, west of Florida’s Turnpike and south of Yamato Road.

Along with one of the juveniles, Singletary allegedly pulled off the boy’s sneakers and took his bike. One of the juveniles returned shortly after the robbery and warned the boy he would face retaliation if police were called, according to an arrest report.

The victim picked Singletary out of a police photo lineup, and he was arrested by Boca Raton police Jan. 30 during lunchtime at Boca Raton High School.

Singletary, who will turn 19 in September, is entering his final season of eligibility even though he’s beginning the 11th grade academically. State rules allow students to participate in athletics until reaching the age limit of 19 year, 9 months.

Fall football practice begins July 31.

A source with knowledge of the situation said that Singletary’s scholarship offer from Kentucky was rescinded following his arrest. NCAA rules prohibit schools university officials from discussing recruits until they sign national letters of intent.

Singletary is scheduled to remain on probation through June 18, 2020. If he re-offends prior to the completion of the three-year period, Singletary could face 15 years in prison on the robbery charge. Singletary will remain on house arrest through Tuesday, court records indicate.



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