The Leon County Sheriff’s office held its press conference to discuss the civil citation Jameis Winston received for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket. Major Michael Wood began by clearly stating that Jameis Winston “has not been arrested for any crime.” Here’s a paraphrased transcript of the rest of his comments:
At approximately 10pm last night, a local Publix reported that someone left without paying for $32.72 of food. We talked to staff and off-duty deputy and were able to determine that it was Winston who left without paying. Made contact with Winston at his residence to talk about it. In a post-Miranda interview, Winston was cooperative. He acknowledged that he had left Publix without paying for the items. He said he “forgot”, realized it when he got home, but had made no effort to contact the store or go back and pay.
We determined that he was eligible for pre-diversion civil citation program for non-violent offenses of people with no criminal history. Winston has to do 20 hours of community service, and has been given seven days to reach out to the program. There is video of him entering and leaving the store. He was alone. The facts are not in dispute. He left without paying.