Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones before fighting Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
See you in court.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who was arrested last weekend after crashing his Bentley into a utility pole and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), must answer to New York's Binghamton City Court on May 29, 2012.
FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" reports that "Bones" is expected to reach a plea bargain with the District Attorney following next week's arraignment in an effort to avoid trial and the maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1000 fine.
But one thing he hasn't been able to avoid is the wrath of Dana White, who was "disappointed" to learn that one of his top stars, who garnered the promotion's first-ever UFC sponsorship, had found themselves knee deep in legal trouble.
For what it's worth, Jones flashed a brief apology through his official Facebook account before quickly yanking it a short time later, probably based on the recommendation of his "legal advisers."
Here's what to expect when they get him in front of the judge on Tuesday:
"Jon is scheduled to appear in court, next Tuesday, May 29, 9 a.m. That's Binghamton City court. That's when he will receive his arraignment. That's when the judge will explain to him what he's facing here, and also ask him if he can afford a lawyer and all that stuff. If he says yes to everything, if he's cool with everything that's presented to him, he will then face a pre-trial. They told me that will happen in a couple months time, around August or September. At the pre-trial, he will receive a plea bargain from the District Attorney, and if he accepts the plea bargain, there will be no trial, he will just accept the penalty that is presented to him. If he doesn't accept it, then he will have a trial, later on this year. That's when he faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1000 fine."
In all likelihood, Jones will avoid any jail time and is expected to reach an amiable agreement. Either way, MMAmania.com will keep you posted and up to speed on all the events surrounding this still-developing story.