Former reigning Jon Jones isn’t completely out of trouble just yet, but he did manage to avoid jail time for his felony hit-and-run case. On Tuesday, Jones pleaded guilty in court to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident on April 26 in Albuquerque. The judge then granted Jones a conditional discharge and required him 72 appearances for charity. This puts Jones on probation for 18 months and if he fulfills the terms, he will have another hearing at a future date.light heavyweight champion
Following the hearing Jones issued an apology,
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.
Jones’ suspension from the UFC has not been lifted either and the Zuffa owned banner also issued a statement, which at least confirms that they plan to review the agreement he had in court yesterday before reinstating him to competition.
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. 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.
Jones was stripped from his belt on April 28 and suspended from the UFC indefinitely.