In case you were wondering (I don’t know, maybe you’ve missed him?), erstwhile UFC star and pound-for-pound great Jon Jones might be resolving his legal issues in about a week. Or at least he’ll know what he’ll have to do as penance to the New Mexico judicial system.
As per MMAJunkie:
Former UFC light heavyweight-champion Jon Jones will go before a New Mexico judge on Sept. 29 to plead on a felony charge stemming from his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run in April.
It’s Jones’ first time in court since April for a probable cause hearing. Earlier this month, his case was transferred from Albuquerque’s metropolitan to district court with a stipulation that he would enter a “pre-indictment plea.”
Jones, 28, is due before Albuquerque District Court Judge Charles W. Brown at 8:30 a.m. He is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm or death, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail and fines.
If you’ll recall, Jones ran a red light and crashed his rental car into a vehicle driven by a pregnant woman. He then fled the scene, but returned for some cash and fled again, and the police found marijuana and a pipe in his car.
Also, in case you were wondering, a plea agreement just means that the defendant will avoid a trial and accept culpability – usually to lesser charges. Does this mean Jones will avoid jail time? It could, but not necessarily. We don’t know what sort of agreement has been hammered out between the district attorney and Jones’ counsel.