Cody Ledbetter, who once starred at quarterback for New Mexico State, was found dead in Aledo, Texas, Saturday morning, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday. He was 42.
According to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, Ledbtter was found in a shed after an apparent suicide and pronounced dead at 9:26 a.m. ET Saturday. An official ruling on his death will be made following an autopsy.
Ledbetter pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 16-year-old student in 2004 when he served as a teacher and assistant football coach at Alvarado High School. He was also charged with having sex with another young victim the same year.
Ledbetter then fled to Canada prior to being sentenced in the 2004 case, but surrendered to the Ottawa Police Service in 2010 after being accused of domestic violence involving a woman he was living with in. He was extradited to Texas to face charges of having an improper relationship with a student and sentenced to 12 years in prison in January 2011. It was not disclosed how much time he served before he was released on parole.
Ledbetter played at NMSU from 1991 to 1995. He led the nation in total offense in 1995 and ranks second in school history in total plays (1,362), first in most passing yards in a single game (559), second in total yards (8,207) and is first in total touchdowns (68).
He later played for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. ..Source.. by Kirstie Chiappelli,