Jon Jones pleaded guilty on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and will serve 18 months of supervised probation.

By SI Wire
September 29, 2015

The former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has pleaded guilty on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and will serve 18 months of supervised probation instead of jail time, a New Mexico District Court announced.

Jones was also ordered to make 72 appearances for charity or youth outreach programs. He was not convicted of a felony and received no fines or fees.

Jones, 28, was involved in a three-vehicle accident on April 25 in Albuquerque where a pregnant woman was treated for injuries caused by the accident. Witnesses say Jones was the driver of an SUV that ran a red light and caused the accident.

Jones apologized for his actions in a statement on Tuesday:

“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.”

Following his arrest, Jones was stripped of his UFC title — the first time an athlete had his title stripped for disciplinary reasons — and suspended indefinitely.

Jones (21-1) was scheduled to defend his title on May 23 against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.

The organization issued the following statement on Tuesday:

“The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.”

This case marks the second time Jones has avoided jail time. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of driving under the influence after a car crash in Binghamton, New York in May 2012.

- Christopher Chavez

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