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Alabama Forward Pollard Withdraws from Alabama Amidst Kidnapping Charges

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Devonta Pollard has decided to withdraw from the University of Alabama amidst legal issues surrounding his involvement in an alleged "conspiracy to commit kidnapping". 

Pollard was arrested June 4th, charged as one of 6 conspirators to kidnap 6 year old Jashayla Hopson from her elementary school on April 30th. Their goal was to receive ransom money from Hopson's mother. Pollard was allegedly delivering tools and serving as a driver in the operation. The plan eventually failed when police began investigating and Hopson was dropped off at a remote location, unharmed. 

Among the 6 conspirators was Jesse Mae Pollard, Devonta's mother, who is facing a maximum of life in prison. Devonta, if convicted, faces a maximum of 5 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine. The trial date has been set for August 6th. 

Pollard was a 5-star forward from Porterville, Mississippi who was ranked as the 22nd overall senior in the Rivals top 150 from the class of 2012. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game his freshman year.