Dennard avoids immediate jail time

Dennard avoids immediate jail time
December 5, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Alfonzo Dennard was in a Lincoln, Neb. courtroom on Thursday for sentencing after admitting to violating his probation in September. Though the terms of the second-year cornerback's probation were modified by a judge, he was not sentenced to immediate jail time, according to Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star, who was in the courtroom.

Dennard's attorney asked for a continuance on sentencing, but that was denied by Judge Stephanie Stacy.

Stacy added 30 more days to Dennard's existing 30-day jail sentence -- for assaulting a Nebraska police officer -- that will start on March 1. The judge also extended Dennard's two-year probation for a third year, added 100 hours of community service on top of the 100 hours he had previously been issued, and tacked on a no-alcohol condition to his probation.  

Dennard will report to jail on March 1 for a 60-day sentence that could be knocked down to 38 days with "good time." He has already served three days in jail, meaning the minimum he may have to serve in jail would be 35 days.

Dennard will be back in a courtroom on Friday for a DUI sentencing. According to the Boston Herald, he will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty in relation to his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence in July. That arrest led to Dennard's admitting he violated his probation and Thursday's sentencing.

Dennard was facing a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, and he could have been jailed immediately on Thursday.

When Dennard left the courtroom after sentencing, Judge Stacy told him "I want you to know this is your last chance," according to Pilger.