UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was arrested last week, getting charged with aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container, and driving with no proof of insurance.
TMZ Sports is reporting that Jones has now reached a plea deal with prosecutors as Jones has plead guilty to driving while intoxicated (DWI). Jones has been sentenced 96 hours of community custody, better known as house arrest, one year of supervised probation, 90 days of outpatient therapy and 48 hours of community service. TMZ Sports also reports that Jones will have to wear an ankle monitor and can only leave his residence with prior permission.
Jones will also have to install an ignition interlock device in all vehicles that he operates, which would force Jones to complete a breathalyzer test before the car(s) will start.
The Bernalillo District Attorney’s Office issued the following statement on Jones’ plea deal:
“Jon Jones pleaded guilty to his second DWI. The incident happened on March 26, 2020 outside a downtown Albuquerque nightclub, just two months after his probation ended following an incident at an Albuquerque strip club. Jones took responsibility for his actions early on in the case and in doing so the state agreed to 1 year supervised probation. 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. It is also the reason that we are agreeing to the 4 days on CCP with 90 days for turn-in (the metropolitan jail just reported a new case of COVID-19). Jones is still required to complete a minimum of 90 day outpatient treatment, maximum fines and fees, community service, and all other requirements of reporting to probation. 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.”
A statement was also issued by Jones through his management team:
“While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times. I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most – my family, friends and my fans. This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA’s office. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I know that I have some personal work to do, which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol.”