Jon Jones has accepted a plea deal in relation to his recent aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm charges in Alberquerque, New Mexico.
If convincted Jones could have been facing at least 90 days in jail, and potentially up to one year due to the fact he was a past-offender.
However, after pleading guilty, Jones will now only be subject to 96 hours of house arrest, one year of supervised probation and 90 days of outpatient therapy conducted over the internet.
“Normally, the State would be requesting a pre-sentencing report and a recommendation to Substance Recovery Court,” a statement from the District Attorney’s office reads. “However, due to COVID-19, it is not clear the program can accept anyone at this time.”
So, essentially due to the coronavirus situation it appears that Jones has been treated more leniently than he might otherwise have been.
Jones has since issued a public apology in which he acknowledges that he needs to address his problems with alcohol.
“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,” Jones stated. “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. Thanks you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.”