Friday’s plea ends the case against Savage — a former linebacker for Warwick High School and the University of Virginia — filed in Alabama in late 2008. Another initial charge — the misdemeanor count of seeking the business of a college football player — was dismissed in early 2009 on statute of limitations grounds.

The charges stemmed from the allegation that Savage sent an employee to visit Alabama football star Tyrone Prothro in his hospital room after an October 2005 football injury — with the hopes of landing the player’s future business. It’s against the law in Alabama for agents to contact college players.

“He maintains his innocence, but it’s time to get this behind him,” said Savage’s York County lawyer, Chad Green. “Ray’s heading back home to see his kids and his family. He’s going to continue to be a sports consultant, and everything is good.”

A Tuscaloosa judge put Savage in jail for two days this week — pending Friday’s hearing, after he finally showed up in Alabama on Wednesday to answer the charges. A warrant had been issued for Savage’s arrest after he failed to show up in Alabama for an October court hearing in the case.

Savage had said he couldn’t travel because of a medical condition.

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