September 17, 2021

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Former Colts quarterback Art Schlichter has been released from prison

Former Indianapolis Colts and Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter has been released from prison. A decades-long run of sentences that arose from a gambling addiction has ended. 

What crimes did Art Schlichter commit? 

In 1995, he was sentenced to two years in prison for passing bad checks. He was released in late 1996 but was soon arrested for stealing checks and was sentenced to eight years. 

He was in prison at various points for all but about one year between 1995-2006. 

He pled guilty in September 2011 to federal fraud charges related to a massive ticket scheme that bilked millions of dollars from his victims. 

Art Schlichter's jail booking photo from August of 2020.

‘It’s sad and it’s tragic’: Art Schlichter’s life behind bars 

In May 2012, Schlichter was sentenced to nearly 11 years in the Federal Correctional Institute in Florence, Colorado, and 10 years in an Ohio penitentiary. The sentences were to be served concurrently. 

He was scheduled for an August 2020 release, but officials discovered he was gambling while in prison. 

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2021/09/01/former-colts-quarterback-art-schlichter-has-been-released-prison/5686961001/