Mon., 12:06pm: OSU All-American from Warren sent to prison

WARREN — A former Ohio State All-American accused of not passing his court mandated drug screening was sentenced today to seven months in prison after pleading guilty to the probation violation.

Van DeCree, 59, of Warren, who was sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter Kontos, was indicted last year on drug and Workers’ Compensation fraud charges and was given a chance by Kontos to enter what’s known as a treatment-in-lieu-of-conviction program.

DeCree already completed a program through Glenbeigh Health Sources, a drug and alcohol treatment center, in January but was still being monitored by a probation officer, who filed probation violations when she said DeCree flunked at least two random drug tests and avoided taking tests at other times.

DeCree, who was a defensive end for the Buckeyes in 1973 and 1974 after a standout career at Warren Western Reserve, was indicted last year