Former basketball player Mitchell pleads guilty to robbery

Former Seton Hall men’s basketball player Robert Mitchell has pled guilty to charges stemming from last March’s robbery of a house off-campus.

The plea was announced by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday evening. Mitchell has pled guilty to third degree criminal restraint, second degree conspiracy to commit burglary and second degree burglary.

The plea agreement, according to Assistant Prosecutor Linda Childs, will recommend that Mitchell serve three years in state prison – needing 85 percent of his sentence completed before eligibility for parole.

In the release from Essex County, it says Mitchell admitted entering the residence of the incident on Irvington Avenue in an effort to purchase marijuana. The purchase, however, soon turned into a robbery according to his confession.

Mitchell is currently incarcerated with a new bail of $50,000, according to the Office of the County Prosecutor.

Another former Pirate – Kelly Whitney – will likely take the case to trial. He was the alleged accomplice and was arrested near Newark Airport a few days after the March incident.

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Author: Staff Writer

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