Rison Settles With Store Owner
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison has settled a financial dispute with a music store that led to a theft charge against him.
Rison was charged in Johnson County with one count of felony theft for failure to return equipment rented from Guitar World.
Fred Nilsson, the store’s owner, said Monday he received $1,053 from Rison’s lawyer, Kevin Regan. Nilsson said that amount settled his claim against Rison and that he would seek to have the prosecution dropped.
Rison pleaded innocent Feb. 29 in Johnson County District Court. Regan told the judge at the time that Rison would apply for a diversion program, which allows for dismissal of charges if defendants meet certain requirements such as making restitution or performing community service.
District Attorney Paul Morrison said Monday the theft charge remains in place and that he had not seen Rison’s request for the diversion program.
Nilsson said he planned to call Morrison’s office ``and tell them (Rison) has settled up with me. If they ask me whether I want to drop the charges, sure, absolutely. I’m not a troublemaker. I just wanted to be paid.″