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Troubled football player arrested for having gun

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Frank Brice's mom stood in front of the judge, pleading to have her son's bail reduced.

"Frank has made a complete turn around in his life," said Edna Mae Brice.

"I don't know what to say but ask for your mercy that you allow him to come home that he can get his education that he's doing very well in school, and he's making his grades," she said.

The path that led the Southeast High School running back to jail began on July 6, 2012.

Officers with the Bradenton Police Department were searching for suspects wanted in a string of robberies.

Instead, they found Brice in the parking lot of the Dream Center.

"They approached the car, began talking with him and saw him making some movements as if trying to hide something. During the conversation he took flight on foot," said Bradenton Police Captain William Fowler.

Officers did not catch him, but they did find a handgun under his seat.

Sheriff's deputies arrested him Tuesday afternoon at Southeast High.

"He was deemed a possible safety concern for staff and students so he was immediately removed," said Manatee County school district spokesperson Steve Valley.

This is not Brice's first run in with the law.

In 2011, he was pulled from Southeast for a year-and-a-half after being arrested for a felony.

The Manatee County School District said after attending an alternative high school and an additional program staff recommended he go back to South East and return to the field.

"The felony for 2011 was considered a non-violent felony it was handled by our staff," Valley said.

The school district said he is no longer an active student at South East.

He is now in the Manatee County Jail with a bond of $102,000.

"Because he was in possession of a firearm that is disturbing and worrisome, and in order to properly do my job and protect the general public I'm going to leave the bonds where they are at," the judge said.

Brice will have a trial date next month. He faces a charge of possession of firearm on school property, possession of a firearm by a delinquent, carrying a fire arm and resisting an officer.

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