New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was given another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail Thursday as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in Nebraska this past summer.
Dennard's jail sentence is set to begin March 1. He had requested a continuance of the sentencing until after the season but was denied. He also had 100 hours of community service and a no-alcohol provision added by Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy.
Stacy could have revoked Dennard's probation and sent him to jail.
"This is your last chance," Stacy told him.
During the hearing, Stacy referenced received letters she'd received from Massachusetts authorities praising Dennard's positive attitude about community service.
"He's learned a tremendous amount from the process," said Alan Stoler, Dennard's lawyer. "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 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.
In April, Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail (starting March 1), two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for assaulting a Lincoln, Neb., police officer on April 21, 2012. The incident came one week before the former Nebraska player was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the NFL draft.
In July, Dennard was arrested by a Lincoln police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence, which violated his probation. Dennard is scheduled in court again Friday for the DUI case.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.