Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Reports: Dennard found guilty
By Field Yates
New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was found guilty Wednesday on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest for an incident that took place near a Lincoln, Neb., bar in April 2012, the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald have reported.
In addition, Dennard was found not guilty in a Lancaster County Court on charges of assaulting a Lincoln man.
Sentencing for the case will take place on April 11. Dennard's felony conviction for assaulting an officer carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine, according to the World-Herald.
The misdemeanor resisting arrest carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Prosecutors said after the verdict was read that they were not recommending a sentence, the World-Herald reported, adding that typical sentence for a crime like assaulting an officer range from probation (no jail time) to 180 days behind bars.
The trial for Dennard was delayed twice, eventually beginning Feb. 11. The delayed trial allowed Dennard to play his entire rookie season, during which he became a starter and played in 10 regular-season games.
Dennard was arrested April 21 outside a bar in Lincoln, accused of punching a police officer in the face during a fight. The fight occurred five days before the 2012 NFL draft. The Patriots took Dennard, who was the 2011 Big Ten defensive back of the year, in the seventh round.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.