Two days shy of exactly five months after Jon Jones (pictured) was arrested for felony hit-and-run where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm, the former UFC light heavyweight champion stood before an Albuquerque judge to make a plea deal.
The controversial 28-year-old appeared remorseful as he apologized to the court, the victim, the officers, and for “embarrassing” his supporters before pleading guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident, a fourth degree felony.
“I am here to accept full responsibility for my actions,” Jones stated. “I’m hoping that you guys can give me a chance to redeem myself.”
Jones’ lawyer was obviously looking to avoid any jail time and asked for a conditional discharge, which is essentially a probational release with specific conditions. He also requested for his client to be able to own one household firearm because he’s a public figure.
Jones’ attorney stressed the importance of avoiding a felony conviction because it could prevent Jones from traveling out of the country or fighting in a casino where the UFC holds many of their shows.
Just as he does inside the cage throughout his dominant career, Jones won in the courtroom today. The judge granted Jones a conditional discharge and no jail time. He was placed on supervised probation for up to 18 months.
He was also ordered to make 72 appearances for charity or youth outreach.
UFC president Dana White was in the courtroom to show support for his fallen star.
White temporarily suspended Jones and stripped him of his light heavyweight title shortly after April’s hit-and-run arrest.
Of course, it wasn’t Jones’ first incident behind the wheel. “Bones” was arrested in May 2012 for driving while intoxicated in New York after wrapping his $190,000 Bentley around a telephone pole. After pleading guilty, Jones was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
Jones also tested positive for traces of cocaine prior to January’s UFC 182 victory over Daniel Cormier. Jones claimed he didn’t have a cocaine issue, but “dipped and dabbed” in various illegal substances during his college years.
Ironically, while Jones was busy battling his latest legal issue, his belt will be defended by champ Cormier this Saturday against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.