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Bengals' Benson begins serving jail time

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson has
begun serving a 20-day jail term in Texas to settle two misdemeanor
assault cases.
The former University of Texas star was sentenced Monday in
Austin and had planned to surrender Oct. 17, during Cincinnati's
bye week.
But Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late
Benson's jail time could be shortened with possible credit for
time served when arrested.
The 28-year-old was arrested last year for allegedly punching a
bar employee. He's pleaded no contest to assault with injury.
Last month he was accused of punching an ex-roommate. Benson
pleaded no contest to assault with bodily injury with family
violence. That case will be dismissed if Benson does 30 hours of
community service and pays restitution.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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