DJK receives deferred judgment on marijuana, other charges dropped

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 25, 2011 7:10 AM

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Former University of Iowa star wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos received a deferred judgment Monday after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana, according to court documents.

The rest of his charges, including possession of cocaine and prescription drugs, were dropped. Prosecutors had dropped a charge of keeping a drug house on Jan. 20.

The 23-year-old Johnson-Koulianos, commonly known as DJK, must serve one year of unsupervised probation, undergo a substance-abuse evaluation, and pay a civil penalty of $315.

The court documents cited Johnson-Koulianos’ age, his lack of prior criminal record, the absence of a weapon, and greater rehabilitation opportunities outside incarceration as support for the decision to defer judgment.

A probation review is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Police arrested Johnson-Koulianos on Dec. 7, 2010, after serving a search warrant on his roommate, Brady Cooper Johnson, 21. Inside the 1128 E. Washington St. residence, police reportedly found cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs, a digital scale, and more than $3,000 in cash.

— by Josh Quinnett

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