Former Mt. Pleasant football star ordered to prison

Former Mt. Pleasant football star ordered to prison (Image 1)

A judge has revoked probation for 19-year-old Princeton Harlan and the one-time quarterback at Mt. Pleasant High School will soon be going to prison.

Harlan was originally charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Instead of going to jail, he got 10 years probation, a sentence many said was too lenient considering the crime.

As part of his probation, Harlan was not allowed to be around juveniles.

Last month, he was arrested after he was found in hotel room with a 17-year-old girl.

Thursday, a judge revoked his probation, sending him to prison for 10 years.

In an exclusive interview with Nashville's News 2 Friday, Harlan, who once had college football programs like the University of Tennessee and Mississippi State interested him, said he intends to move forward.

“Just going through the situation I'm going through, you have no choice but to get your mind right and move forward [and] that is what I am to do,” he said.

Some called Harlan's probated sentence a second chance and said after his recent arrest, he blew it.  He, however, doesn't see it that way.

“Really, there was no freedom because they were still watching me,” Harlan said.  “I already knew they were going to get me when I got on probation so I was already prepared for it.”

He continued, “People can say I blew it, but I ain't gonna get into details, but I got caught and this is what I have to do so I am gonna have to do it.”

Harlan says he doesn't expect to be in prison for the full 10 years.  He said his family is talking to powerful people and there is a plan on his behalf.  When pressed, however, he declined to comment further.

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