Written by @NickRiznerMMA
Jon Jones was arrested on April 27, following a hit-and-run in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He appeared in court today for his sentencing. The verdict?
Eighteen months probation and zero jail time.
This, following a guilty plea to leaving the scene of an accident; a charge that is normally considered to be a felony. However, according to the ruling by Judge Charles Brown, if Jones fulfills the terms of his probation, the crime will likely remain a misdemeanor.
The terms of his probation dictate that Jones makes a total of 72 charity appearances within the 18 month period.
Jones last fought in January of 2015, when he defeated current champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. The win marked his eighth title defense since winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship back in 2011. He is still regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world and one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
The former Light Heavyweight Champion issued the following statement to TMZ Sports just moments ago:
With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me.
My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again.
I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters.
I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.
The UFC has now released an official statement on the matter:
The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.
More information will be made available following completion of this review.
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