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Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones pled guilty on Tuesday to his hit-&-run case back in April. The 28-year old attended court Tuesday and, as Judge Charles Brown states, is “lucky”.
“Mr. Jones, you got real lucky, and in a number of ways, I think you need to talk to young people because making one stupid decision changes your entire future,” Judge Charles Brown of the Second Judicial District Court said.
Jones’ punishment was 18 months of supervised probation as well as 72 public speaking appearances. Jon managed to avoid jail time, fines, and any type of suspensions including travelling out of the state and possessing a firearm. Although, the court may let him free of probation prior to the 18 months is up.
This has been a huge wake-up call for him,” said Jones’ attorney Vincent Ward. “Ever since he walked away from that car, he’s done everything to make amends.”
“I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened, and I hope you can give me an opportunity to redeem myself,” Jones stated.
Back in April, the former title holder ran a red-light while driving in a rented SUV in a residental zone of Albuquerque, colliding with a female driver. The driver of the opposing vehicle was pregnant. Near-by witnesses noticed the crime and reported to an off-duty officer that Jones had stole some money from the woman’s car and ran away.
Police search Jon’s car and found MMA memorabilia, paperwork, a marijuana pipe with marijuana, condoms, and snack food. The opposing driver suffered a broken arm, the baby was not harmed. Less than 24 following the incident, Jones turned himself into the police and was released on a $2,500 bail.
In the wake of it all, the UFC stripped “Bones” of his belt and went on to put Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson for the vacant title. As we now know, “DC” won the fight and will now fight Alex Gustafsson on Oct. 3rd which headlines UFC 192.