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Manningham posts $5,000 bond

WARREN — A former Warren G. Harding and NFL star receiver who spent the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Trumbull County Jail was released at 3:38 p.m. Monday on a $5,000 bond assigned by municipal Judge Thomas Gysegem.

Warren native Mario Manningham, 33, was arrested after Warren police made a traffic spot on his white 2012 Toyota at 7 p.m. Wednesday. There was a warrant for Manningham’s failure to appear in court.

But because courts were closed on Thursday and Friday, Monday was the first day Manningham was able to appear in court.

Manningham, 1544 Sherry Lane SE, Canton, was a passenger when the stop was made on Cherry Avenue NW near West Market Street.

During Monday’s court appearance, Gysegem chastized Manningham’s attorney, Curt P. Bogen, saying all he wants is for Manningham to show up when ordered to appear in court.

Manningham has not appeared in court on assigned dates at least five times in three years, according to Gysegem.

“This is a third offense,” Gysegem said. “He has five days in, when the standard sentence in my court is six days on a third conviction. Are you sure your client doesn’t want to change his plea?”

“We do not,” Bogen said of the innocence plea.

“That’s your decision,” Gysegem responded.

After the hearing, Bogen emphasized that his client was not driving the vehicle.

It was Latiffany M. Manningham, Mario’s wife, who was driving the 2012 Toyota when it was stopped last week, according to police records.

Mario Manningham was initially given a ticket by Warren police at 9 a.m., May 22, 2018, for driving 44 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to police records. His license already had been suspended in connection with a separate child support case in family court.

He failed to appear in court on May 28, 2019, and a warrant for his arrest was issued. That warrant was rescinded after he filed a written plea. A warrant was issued last week because he failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing

“I have no belief that he did not intend to be in court,” Bogen said. “He had a phone that failed. He and I had a miscommunication. I appeared and had an expectation that he was going to appear. It was a mistake.”

Manningham was arrested the next night. He was in the city to visit relatives.

After Monday’s hearing, Bogen said his client’s license is in the process of being reinstated and the underlying child custody case that led to his driver’s license being suspended should be concluded within the next 60 days.

Bogen said the support amount owed in the contested child support case is minimal.

“There was a substantial amount already paid,” Bogen said. “The child custody case has been difficult because it has crossed numerous jurisdictions due to the parents moving.”

After playing football for Warren G. Harding, the wide receiver played for University of Michigan, was drafted by the New York Giants in 2008 and played with them through 2011, played on the San Francisco 49ers for 2012 and 2013, before going back to the New York Giants in 2014 for one year.

He played for the Giants when the team won Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.

rsmith@tribtoday.com

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