Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will avoid jail time for his part in a hit and run accident back in April of this year. Jones was granted a conditional release with up to 18 months of probation. The sentencing was part of a plea deal made by Jones and his legal team.
During the hearing Jones read a formal statement in which he took full responsibility for the accident in which a pregnant woman suffered a fractured wrist:
“I want to apologize to Ms. Sonnenberg’s team, all the officers who were involved that day, all the people who support me who I’ve embarrassed, my family, my supporters, mainly Vanessa Sonnenberg and her family for all the heartache I must have put them through. I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened, for my actions, and I’m just really hoping you guys can give me the opportunity to redeem myself.”
A Albuquerque judge ruled that Jones not be charged with a felony hit-and-run but was sentenced to supervised probation that can last up to 18 months. As part of his probation Jones has been ordered to make 72 appearances as part of his community service. The judge suggested that Jones speaks to the local Boys and Girls Clubs as well as schools in the surrounding districts.
Jones’ probation does not have any travel restrictions so if he does decide to step back into the octagon during this 18-month period he can travel to make media obligations and the actual fight location. As of all indications the UFC does not plan on having Jones fight for a long while but one can never tell what Dana White and the brass at Zuffa have in mind.
After the accident police found marijuana paraphernalia and cash. Jones would turn himself into authorities the next day. After the incident the UFC suspended Jones infidelity and stripped him of his light heavyweight championship.