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Broncos exec Matt Russell gets 7 months in jail for 2013 DUI

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Matt Russell's mug shot, taken after his July 2013 arrest. (Summit County Sheriff's Office)
Matt Russell's mug shot, taken after his July 2013 arrest. (Summit County Sheriff's Office)

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Almost a year after he was arrested for drunk driving, Denver Broncos executive Matt Russell has finally resolved his case. The team's director of player personnel was sentenced to seven months in jail on Friday after he pleaded guilty to charges of DUI, careless driving and possession of an open container.

Russell was arrested last July after rear-ending a cop car. Just days after Russell was arrested, the Broncos suspended him indefinitely, however, he was reinstated to the team in September, according to the Denver Post.

"We are pleased with the commitment Matt Russell has shown to making positive changes in his life since this incident occurred nearly a year ago," the Broncos said in a statement. "In addition to his successful completion of a month-long inpatient treatment program last summer, he has taken full advantage of outpatient counseling resources and passed every substance abuse test administered as part of his reinstatement to this organization. We will continue to support Matt as a member of the Denver Broncos and this community."

Russell, who turned 40 the day before he was arrested last summer, registered a blood alcohol content of .246, a level more than three times the legal limit of .08 in Colorado. According to the police report from the incident, Russell failed a voluntary roadside sobriety exercise and told the arresting officer that he had consumed "two green drinks."

The officer also found peppermint schnapps inside Russell's truck. Russell also said he "had no recollection of the accident," according to an officer's report.

After his jail stint, Russell will have to serve two years of supervised probation, however, he is eligible for the state's work release program.

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