MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL star and his mother will go to trial next year in a mortgage fraud case after they turned down plea deals that called for state prison terms.

Irving Fryar and Allene McGhee rejected the deals Tuesday during a state Superior Court hearing. They’re charged with conspiring to steal money through a mortgage scam.

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Their trial is scheduled to start Feb. 3.

Fryar grew up in Burlington County and starred at the University of Nebraska before being drafted No. 1 in 1984 by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

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The deals called for Fryar and McGhee to plead guilty to theft by deception. Fryar would have received a five-year sentence, while his mother would get a three-year term.

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