Pats CB Dennard has probation extended to 3 years
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge handed New England Patriots cornerback
Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 additional days in
jail Thursday as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in
Nebraska last summer.
Dennard last April was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days
in jail for assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln bar in 2012.
He admitted he violated his probation three months later when he was
arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy extended his
probation from two to three years and his jail term from 30 to 60 days.
He is to report to the county jail March 1. She also barred him from
consuming or possessing alcohol and increased his mandatory community
service from 100 to 200 hours, with 50 hours to be performed in
Stacy could have revoked Dennard's probation and sent him to jail.
"This is your last chance," Stacy told him.
Dennard, who played college football at Nebraska, is scheduled to
appear in county court on Friday for a hearing on the July
Dennard apologized for violating probation and letting his family and
teammates down. He said probation and counseling will help him to "keep
learning how to walk that straight line."
Dennard declined to comment outside the courtroom. His attorney, Alan
Stoler, said he was satisfied with the outcome.
During the hearing, Stacy noted she had received letters from
Massachusetts authorities praising Dennard's positive attitude about
"He's learned a tremendous amount from the process," Stoler said. "As
the judge read from the letters, this wasn't something Alfonzo took
lightly. It's affected him in a positive way, things that he's been
able to do."
Prosecutor Bruce Prenda requested that Dennard's probation be revoked,
but he said the state would be agreeable to a modified probation term
if it included the no-alcohol provision.
Stacy noted that Dennard had not come up positive in tests initiated in
August for alcohol and other controlled substances.
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