New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard missed practice today to fly to Nebraska for his probation sentencing at Lancaster District Court. Although Dennard and his lawyer asked the judge for a continuance, which would have delayed this already drawn-out legal action, the judge denied the request. She also denied the motion to revoke Dennard’s probation, but instead modified the terms.
She extended Dennard’s probation for a year and added 100 hours of community service and a no-alcohol condition. In addition to the probation limitations, the judge added 30 days to Dennard’s jail sentence that is to start on March 1st. With this ruling, his jail sentence is now 60 days or 38 days with good time. According to Lori Pilger (@LJSpilger), a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska, before Dennard left the courtroom, the Judge said to him, “I want you to know this is your last chance.”
Dennard had already completed more than 65 hours of community service for probation work since September and could have finished the rest of the original 100 hours by the end of the NFL season. For his community service, he has worked with the Foxboro Police Department, the Boys & Girl Club, and he has spoken to youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
On September 16th, Dennard admitted to violating his two-year probation, which was in place as punishment for assaulting a police officer in April 2012. In March of 2013 he was sentenced to two-years of probation and a suspended 30-day jail sentence for March 2014. In court today he faced a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, the same potential original fate of his proven guilt in the assault.
Dennard also is scheduled to face his DUI sentencing tomorrow at 2:30 at Lancaster District Court. He was arrested on July 11th under suspicion of driving under the influence.