FoxSports.com Article on Babalola
A former star Texas A&M lineman has been paroled from prison after serving half of his sentence.
In June 2009, Yemi Babalola was convicted on two counts of aggravated robbery. On one count, he was sentenced to five years in prison, but days ago, he was paroled.
On the second count, Babalola received a ten-year prison sentence, which was reduced to five years probation along with 180 days in jail as a condition. He awaits a mandate to determine when that probation begins and when the jail time will be served, according to the 361st District Court.
Babalola and a former teammate were charged in the November 2007 crime. Residents testified that the two broke into their College Station apartment, held them at gunpoint and stole items from their residence, all part of a drug deal.
In an article on FoxSports.com (linked on the left), Babalola discussed his time behind bars.
“One situation doesn’t define your whole life and define your character,” Babalola said. “My dad says he’s proud of me. I know he means it. He says he’s proud of me. But I’m in prison. How can you truly be proud of me? When my dad says he’s proud of me, I want to feel like he has a reason to be proud of me. Right now his son’s in prison -- his son who was a star at Texas A&M University, who could do all these things with his life. And he’s in prison.”