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Jon Jones accepts plea deal in DWI case

Field Level Media
01 Apr 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

UFC star Jon "Bones" Jones pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a second-offense driving while intoxicated charge, and he was sentenced to probation but no jail time.

Jones was arrested Thursday on charges of driving under the influence, negligent use of a firearm and possession of an open container in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Bernalillo County, N.M., district attorney's office accepted a plea deal that will see Jones given a year of probation, 96 consecutive hours in a program akin to house arrest, 48 hours of community service, a $500 fine and a requirement to complete 90 days of outpatient treatment.

The treatment program may be done online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jones also must put a Breathalyzer device on his car, with the ignition to remain locked if his breath tests positive for alcohol.

The plea agreement must be approved by a judge before it becomes official.

Jones will be allowed to use marijuana during his probation if he receives a legal medical marijuana card.

In a statement Tuesday, Jones said, "While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times. I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most, my family, friends and my fans.

"This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA's office. I accept full responsibility for my actions and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol."

"I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community, and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most. I truly appreciate the support I have received from the community of Albuquerque and all my fans around the world. I very much look forward to putting this behind me."

Last Thursday, per KOAT Action News, police officers responded to a criminal complaint just after 1 a.m. after hearing a gunshot, and they arrived at the scene with Jones in a vehicle with the engine on. Jones told police he did not know of the shot fired.

Jones, who had signs of intoxication, admitted to officers that he had been driving earlier and had intentions of doing so again when they found him.

Per officers, Jones consented to a sobriety test and registered a blood-alcohol content that was over twice the legal limit.

After Jones was arrested, police discovered a black handgun under the driver's seat and a half-empty bottle of Recuerdo 750ml behind the passenger seat.

Jones, 32, also pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in New York in 2012. He was convicted on a felony hit-and-run charge in 2015.

Jones (26-1, 1 no contest) is the UFC's longtime light heavyweight champion after winning the title in 2011.

--Field Level Media

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