Mixon was scheduled to go to trial in mid-January on his misdemeanor charge of acts resulting in gross injury.
Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released this statement shortly after the news was made public:
“Today, Joe has made the decision that entering an Alford Plea to the misdemeanor and accepting the short period of probation was the best course of action at this point in his life. Joe does not want to be a further distraction to his family, friends, teammates and the University of Oklahoma. Joe would like to apologize to everyone affected by this unfortunate chain of events. Joe looks forward to continuing towards his goal of becoming a successful student and athlete at the University of Oklahoma.”
In an Alford plea, a defendant can maintain that he is innocent but allow a court to pronounce him guilty, acknowledging that sufficient evidence exists for a jury to find him guilty.
As part of the deal, Mixon has received a one-year deferred sentence and has to perform 100 hours of community service and undergo cognitive behavior counseling.
Mixon has been suspended from the football team this season and was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury following an incident after his 18th birthday party July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café on OU’s campus corner.
OU student Amelia Rae Molitor, 20, suffered multiple facial fractures. Local media has seen the surveillance video, and the video was originally supposed to be released to the public next week. That, however, may not be the case, it was revealed Thursday afternoon.
OU president David Boren released a statement on behalf of the university:
"The judicial outcome and the video speak for themselves. The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life’s experiences. As we have previously indicated, Joe Mixon will not play for our football team during the 2014 season, including postseason competitions. He will have an opportunity to earn his way back on the team during the spring semester."
Mixon, a five-star running back and the top-ranked OU signee for its 2014 class, has vowed he will return to the university in tweets since the incident and will be ready to play for the Sooners in 2015.