Jon Jones Pleads Guilty to Leaving a Scene of an Accident
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a three-vehicle crash on April 26 in Albuquerque. But he was able to avoid jail time.
"Bones" Jones entered the plea on Tuesday morning in an Albuquerque courtroom. Judge Charles W. Brown granted Jones a conditional discharge, sentencing him to supervised probation of up to 18 months. The plea agreement allows Jones to avoid a formal felony conviction provided he meets its specified conditions. Which means he is now allowed to fight.
Jones released a statement via EAG Sports Management:
"With regards to today's decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life. “
The UFC aslo released a statement on Jones:
"The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition."