USU football player pleads guilty to theft

Bruce "Jo Jo" Natson, 20, charged with theft, a class A misdemeanor.

LOGAN — A 20-year-old Utah State University football player has been sentenced to serve two-days in jail, after pleading guilty to theft charges.

Bruce “Jo Jo” Natson appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning to accept a plea deal.

In April, Natson was originally charged with theft, a class A misdemeanor. Under Monday’s plea agreement, the theft charge was reduced to a class B misdemeanor and could be reduced to a class C later.

Natson pleaded guilty to diverting school funds, intended for a fellow teammate. He told Judge Thomas Willmore that he logged into the teammate’s school account and changed the bank account number.

Natson told the court, “If I hadn’t been cheating, none of this would have happened.”

Natson also told Willmore he wished to be sentenced immediately, waiving the two-days that courts normally wait before issuing a sentence.

Willmore ordered Natson to report to the Cache County Jail Friday night. He also must pay a $500 fine and be placed on probation.

Natson is a junior wide receiver who also played as a punt returner last season, averaging 11.3 yards per return. He earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors and was ranked fourth in the conference and 22nd in the nation.

USU has yet to issue a statement regarding Natson’s status with the team.

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