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Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson Found Guilty Of Simple Assault

Defensive leader awaits April 6 sentence and NFL punishment.

Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson awaits punishment after being found guilty of simple assault in Washington, D.C.

First, he will be sentenced for the misdemeanor offense on April 6, then he awaits likely NFL action for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The maximum penalty for simple assault is a 180 days in jail. The league’s personal conduct policy stipulates Jackson could face a fine or suspension, as decided after an NFL investigation.

The NFL’s second-leading tackler last season with 150 total tackles, Jackson was arrested last offseason after a fight with pizza delivery driver Jose Bonilla-Fuentes. Jackson allegedly punched Bonilla-Fuentes, who has also filed a civil lawsuit.

Last year during offseason training activities, Jackson apologized for his actions causing a distraction. He did not admit guilt, but said he was confident the truth would come out in court.

Now that is has, the Colts could be in a bind at the start of the season should the league suspend him. Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, the team’s second-leading tackler, wasn’t retained and signed with the Chicago Bears last week.

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