UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones pleads guilty to DWI offence

Thirty-two-year-old was arrested last week in Albuquerque

Alex Pattle
Wednesday 01 April 2020 08:59
Comments
Jon Jones last fought in February
Jon Jones last fought in February

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has pleaded guilty to his second drunken-driving offence.

Court records show the 32-year-old entered a plea on Tuesday and received a sentence of one year of supervised probation.

Jones also was ordered to complete at least 90 days’ out-patient treatment, pay maximum fines and fees, and complete community service.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped other charges, including possession of an open container, no proof of insurance and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Jones released a statement apologising for the incident.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions and I know that I have some personal work to do, which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol,” Jones said.

Jones was arrested in Albuquerque last week on suspicion of aggravated DWI, negligent use of firearms, possession of an open container of alcohol, and no proof of insurance for a vehicle, police said.

According to police, Jones was found at approximately 1am in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle with the engine running. Authorities said Jones showed signs of intoxication, and that a handgun and half-empty bottle of liquor were in the vehicle.

In 2015, Jones pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident following a hit-and-run crash in Albuquerque that left a pregnant woman injured. Under a plea agreement, he avoided jail time and was ordered to serve up to 18 months of supervised probation.

Jones (26-1) retained his title in February by controversially beating Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision.

AP contributed to this report

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in