Final indictments unsealed in UNC football scandal
Willie James Barley Jr. and Michael Wayne Johnson Jr. charged on counts of athlete agent inducement.
HILLSBOROUGH — Willie James Barley Jr., 29, was indicted on four counts of athlete agent inducement, and Michael Wayne Johnson Jr., 25, was indicted on three counts of athlete agent inducement in the North Carolina football scandal.
Johnson’s indictment was unsealed Wednesday morning and it’s unclear when Barley’s was unsealed. Athlete-agent inducement is a Class I felony that carries a maximum sentence of 15 months in prison per charge.
Barley, who is employed by Watson Sports Agency, is charged with providing $1525.74 in benefits connected to a 2010 trip to Miami taken by former UNC defensive end Robert Quinn. Barley provided a car for two days, $100 cash, a Miami hotel room valued at $675.74 and $750 for two roundtrip airline tickets from North Carolina to Florida for Quinn around May 28, 2010.
Johnson, a Durham Hillside High product and former N.C. Central quarterback, is charged with furnishing a location to allow sports agent Terry Watson of Watson Sports Agency to meet with ex-UNC wide receiver Greg Little and give him $5,000 around May 7, 2010. The indictments also charge Johnson with providing Watson a location to mail $100 to Little around May 12, 2010 and June 1, 2010.
Johnson started all 11 games at quarterback in his sophomore season at N.C. Central in 2009 and started six as a junior in 2010. Johnson went with Little to Miami for a Memorial Day weekend trip in 2010, according to a search warrant unsealed in September.
Johnson later worked for Rosenhaus Sports Representation, but his biography has been taken down from the agency’s website.
Barley was processed, released on $30,000 bond and made a first appearance in front of a judge Friday while Johnson is expected to make his first appearance at the Orange County Courthouse at 2 p.m. today.
Barley’s next court date is set for Dec. 17.
A search warrant unsealed in September showed that a man referred to as “Willie,” met former defensive tackle Marvin Austin in Florida and assisted Watson in delivering money to Austin.
The search warrant also stated that Austin said “Willie” put him in touch with Watson.
Watson was indicted on 13 counts of athlete agent inducement and one count of felony obstruction of justice on Oct. 9.
Barley and Johnson are the fourth and fifth person respectively indicted on charges of athlete agent inducement stemming from the North Carolina football scandal.
The unsealing of the final two indictments comes a month after Patrick Mitchell Jones became the third indicted in the same case.
Former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson was the first to be indicted under the North Carolina Uniform Athletes Agent act on Oct. 3. She was charged with four counts of athlete agent inducement.
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