Former valley football standout to be released from jail

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Cliff Harris was sentenced for setting fire to a median in southeast Fresno earlier this year.

A former Edison High School football standout and Oregon Ducks football player will be walking out of the Fresno County jail.

Cliff Harris was sentenced Monday afternoon for setting fire to a median in southeast Fresno earlier this year.

Harris smiled when he heard that based on his time served and credit for good behavior he had satisfied his one year sentence. "You are not allowed to have in your immediate possession any lighters, torches, flares, incindiary devices or any flammable gasses," judge Don Penner said.

Outside court, Harris' mother said he hopes to play football again.

This conviction is one of several run-ins harris has had with the law. He was cited in 2009 for resisting arrest. And four years ago he was kicked off the Oregon Ducks team for being in possession of marijuana and driving 118 miles per hour on a suspended license.

Harris will be on probation for the next three years. The judge noted there was no permanent damage caused from the fire and it only burned about a square foot.
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