The saga surrounding the UFC’s Jon Jones continues, this time with a punishment for the crime.
Earlier this week, Jones was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated, negligent use of a weapon and possession of an open container. Officers responded to the scene after hearing a gunshot. Today, Jones pled guilty for the DWI, according to TMZ.
As part of his punishment, Jones will be on a one-year supervised probation. He will complete 96 hours of out-patient treatment, as well as answer to multiple fines (up to $500). In a sense, he is under a house arrest-like incarceration. This is a result of the coronavirus and social distancing. He will be wearing an ankle monitor that limits where he can go. Jones must also complete 48 hours of community service.
During the initial arrest, Jones was seen driving with a gun and a half-drunken bottle of Recuerdo on the passenger side. He also smelled of marijuana, but those charges were reportedly dropped due to the DWI sentence. The bodycam footage was later released of Jones’ arrest, with him failing several DWI tests by the officers on the scene.
A judge will have to sign off on a plea agreement to make it all official.
”Jones took responsibility for his actions early on in the case, and in doing so, the state agreed to one year (of) supervised probation,” Bernalillo County District Attorney Michael Patrick stated, via MMA Fighting. “Normally, the state would be requesting a pre-sentencing report and a recommendation to substance recovery court, however, due to COVID-19 it is not clear the program can accept anyone at this time.”
This is not the first time Jones has been involved with the law. In 2012, Jones was arrested and plead guilty of a DUI after driving into a pole in Binghamton. In 2015, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run after driving through a red light and crashing into two cars, one of them holding a pregnant woman. He pleaded guilty to that as well. This past July, Jones was charged with battery that involved a cocktail waitress at a strip club. He pleaded no-contest.
Jones will also be required to take a breathalyzer test whenever he is to operate a vehicle.
“His attorney and Mr. Jones have been made aware that if he fails to do this, the State will seek to impose the balance of any jail time without regard for any exceptional circumstances,” officials told TMZ.
This comes after Jones sent a message for those to stay in during the coronavirus outbreak. He told the cops he was stir-crazy and wanted to take a drive. It is unknown if the UFC will deliver any other sort of punishment to the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.