Jon Jones Gets Probation For Hit-N-Run Accident
Former UFC champ Jon Jones pleaded guilty to a hit-n-run charge on Tuesday (Sept. 29) in a New Mexico courtroom... but will avoid jail time.
According to ESPN, the 28-year-old MMA star was granted a conditional discharge by the judge, and sentenced to supervised probation for up to 18 months. The plea deal allowed Jones to avoid an official conviction of the one felony count, providing he adheres to the deal's conditions.
Jones was involved in a three-vehicle crash back in April in Albuquerque, which resulted in a pregnant woman being injuries. According to witnesses, the crash occurred when Jones ran a red light in his SUV.
After the crash, he fled the scene on foot but circled back to grab something from the vehicle. He turned himself in to New Mexico authorities the following day.
In the aftermath, the UFC announced that Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his 205-pound title.
In a brief statement addressed to the court, Jones apologized to the victim, the victim's family, his family and his supporters. "I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened and for my actions," Jones said. "I'm really hoping you can give me an opportunity to redeem myself."
He also released a statement giving a more in-depth apology while adding he doesn't know what his future plans are. "My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility," Jones said. "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."