August 1st, 2012 by faye
UFC star Jon “Bones” Jones has been sentenced to one year of conditional discharge on Tuesday in Binghamton City Court after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge earlier this spring.
Previous reports have stated that 25-year-old Jones was arrested on March 19 following an early morning crash where his 2012 Bentley struck a utility pole around five o’clock in the morning. Two female passengers inside the vehicle suffered from minor injuries and were subsequently treated to a local hospital.
Jon “Bones” Jones will not be allowed to drive a car for the next six months. The judge has also revoked the UFC star’s license as part of his sentence for the drunk driving case.
The Union-Endicott High School graduate expressed his gratitude towards his supporters while leaving Binghamton City Hall on Tuesday morning.
“I made a major mistake, a mistake that I apologize for and definitely acknowledge,” Jones said. “(I’m) paying the consequences for my mistakes, and I just wanted to say thank you to Broome County and the people that support me most.”
Binghamton City Court Judge Daniel L. Seiden gave a fine to Jones worth $1,000 — on top of the $6,564 in restitution for the damaged utility pole. The UFC Light Heavyweight champion is also required to complete a “victim impact panel” within the next 90 days, as well as to install ignition interlocks on all of his vehicles. These interlocks will serve as a breathalyzer test that allows the driver to start the vehicle as long as they are not intoxicated.
Judge Seiden ended the sentencing by reminding Jon “Bones” Jones that “with success comes responsibility.”
“I hope that …you’ll get past this episode and move on to even better things,” Seiden added. “I also hope that you will use this experience as a learning opportunity, and as a vivid reminder that all of us become vulnerable when we use bad judgment — even you. But, if you make good choices, and I expect that you will, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.”
Following his sentence for the drunk driving case, Jones posted on his Twitter page, “Blessed to still have the full support of Broom County/ all my fans and my DWI case officially behind me. Moving forward.”
This is not the first time the UFC star was involved in a car accident. Reports stated that Jon “Bones” Jones has been involved in three documented multi-vehicle accidents since December 2008, but was not at fault in any of the events. In 2009, he was cited for “unsafe passing” during a collision.
Jones, the brother of former Syracuse football players Arthur and Chandler Jones, will be making his fourth title defense against Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on September 1 in Las Vegas.