SAN DIEGO — Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was convicted Wednesday of assault with a deadly weapon and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
Rodgers, of San Diego, was sent to county jail by San Diego Superior Court Judge Jack Levitt, who set sentencing for Feb. 25. Deputy District Attorney Stephen Anear said Rodgers could receive a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in state prison.
The jury, which deliberated one day, found Rodgers innocent of a charge of exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner.
Rodgers acted as his own attorney in the case over an allegation that he pointed a gun at a cable-television technician who had gone to his home in October, 1985, to disconnect his service for nonpayment.
He was sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court for comments he made during his final argument to the jury. He ignored Levitt's instruction to refrain from mentioning a pardon that Rodgers claimed he received on a 1971 grand larceny conviction.