Arlington High football star sentenced to probation on weapon charge

Raymond Sheard, 19, of Arlington
Raymond Sheard, 19, of Arlington Courtesy

An Arlington High School football star has been sentenced to two years of probation for carrying an unloaded gun into the school in April.

In a plea agreement reached with prosecutors last week, Raymond Sheard, 19, of Arlington must also pay a $200 fine for the Class A misdemeanor.

Sheard pleaded guilty Thursday in a Fort Worth court to a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon in the April 7 incident.

Initially, he was charged with taking the unloaded gun, as well as marijuana and prescription drugs, into the school, where he is a senior running back.

But a Tarrant County grand jury indicted him on the sole charge of carrying an unloaded gun. He was sentenced to probation with deferred adjudication.

His scholarship to play football this fall at Boise State University was taken away hours after his arrest in April, according to

Anthony Simpson of Fort Worth, Sheard’s attorney, could not be reached Monday for comment.

Sheard was arrested April 7 at the school, 818 W. Park Row Drive.

He had been called to the office and his behavior led officials to search his backpack, school district officials have said. In the backpack, officials found the gun, with no magazine or ammunition, and said they also found the drugs.

School officials called an Arlington school district resource officer and Sheard was arrested.

Boise State officials signed Sheard in February, He was set to join the team this summer, according to, but university officials said the day after his arrest that he would not be attending the school.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back gained over 1,500 yards last season and was the only running back signed by the university, according to

He chose the Broncos over offers from Colorado State, Tulsa, Texas State and Oregon State.

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