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Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill gets probation on drug-related charge

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill was sentenced to one year of probation last week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug-related charge.

Hill is required to undergo drug testing and counseling and complete 48 hours of community service, a spokesperson for the Cabarrus County Courthouse said Monday.

Hill was stopped for a seat belt violation in Concord on July 28, two days before the Panthers reported to training camp. Police found two grinders with marijuana residue and a marijuana bowl in Hill’s car.

The seat belt charge was dismissed and Hill qualified for a conditional discharge on the drug paraphernalia charge, the court official said. If Hill complies with the terms of his probation, the paraphernalia charge will also be dismissed.

Hill, a former second-round pick of the Jets, is on injured reserve after tearing a knee ligament during the Panthers’ second training camp practice.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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