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Inmate Makes Deal to Watch Football Game

November 19, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jeff Renne’s plea deal on a forgery charge came with one demand: He had to stay in the local jail through the weekend so he could watch the Ohio State-Michigan game on television on Saturday.

Renne, a Buckeyes fan, knows from his criminal past that there is no television at the reception center where inmates go before they are moved to one of the state’s prisons. But inmates at the Franklin County jail get to watch TV.

``I told my attorney if they would table my transfer for a week, I would take the deal,″ said Renne, who was charged with forgery.

``If they win, I will be on cloud nine for a few months that I’m incarcerated.″

Judge Richard Sheward of Franklin County Common Pleas Court agreed to the deal and accepted Renne’s plea on Monday.

``What possessed me to say yes? It’s Michigan week and it’s Columbus, Ohio, and I thought I should do my part for the Ohio State Buckeyes,″ Sheward said.

Renne will serve two years in prison.