Just days after his arrest in Downtown Albuquerque, beleaguered UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones pleaded guilty to one count of drunken driving, according to court documents.
Under the terms of the plea agreement he entered into on Tuesday, Jones will spend four days in the Community Custody Program, which allows defendants to serve jail time out of custody while wearing a GPS monitor. He will also spend one year on supervised probation.
“Jones took responsibility for his actions early on in the case and in doing so the state agreed to 1 year supervised probation,” Michael Patrick, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, said in a news release.
In a statement, the 32-year-old MMA fighter said that he was disappointed in himself for letting down his family, friends and fans.
“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.”
A criminal complaint filed against Jones says that police heard a gunshot near 3rd and Central around 1 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they saw two “homeless subjects” and a parked but running black Jeep with Jones in the driver’s seat. Jones, who smelled of alcohol, admitted that he had been driving. A breath-alcohol test showed he was “at or above twice the legal limit,” police said. Although Jones said he didn’t know anything about the gunshot, police found a black handgun in his Jeep and a spent round outside of the driver’s side door, according to an incident report.
Additional charges Jones faced in connection with the incident will be dismissed under the agreement. His attorney, Christopher Dodd, said his client wanted to address the situation quickly and head on and to own up to his mistakes.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty with the courts with coronavirus,” Dodd said. “And we wanted to make this thing easy on everybody. We didn’t want to have to be calling in witnesses and everything to come to court in light of all of that.”
Jones can begin his sentence any time in the next 90 days. He must also complete a 90-day outpatient treatment program, use an ignition interlock for two years, pay fines and fees, complete 48 hours of community service and comply with probation conditions.
“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,” Patrick said.
The state normally would have referred Jones to a specialty court that addresses substance use issues, Patrick said, but it was not clear whether that program could accept new participants in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jones has been convicted of DWI once before, in 2012 in Binghamton, New York. The maximum penalty for a second-offense DWI is 364 days in jail. These latest criminal charges came just two months after he completed probation in another case.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol,” Jones said in his statement. “I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most.”