Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will avoid serving jail time after pleading guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, according to ESPN and other outlets.
Jones was granted a conditional discharge and sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. The plea deal allows Jones to avoid being officially convicted of a felony if he complies with all provisions of the deal.
Jones released the following statement after the decision was made:
“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.”
UFC released the following statement, via FOX Sports:
“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,” UFC officials said. “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.”
The incident in question took place back in April, via ESPN.
Jones, 28, pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a three-vehicle traffic accident on April 25 in Albuquerque. A pregnant woman was treated for injuries caused by the accident. According to witnesses, the accident occurred when an SUV Jones was operating ran a red light.
The eight-time defending champion reportedly fled the scene on foot, after he circled back to grab something from the vehicle. He turned himself in to New Mexico authorities the following day. The UFC stripped Jones of his 205-pound title on April 28.