Thursday, April 11, 2013

Patriots' Alfonzo Dennard sentenced to 30 days in jail

Remember the night when New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard thought it was a good idea to hit a police officer? Today was the day when it was time for Dennard to pay the piper.

Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail that will begin on March 1, 2014. Dennard will also be serving two years probation and will have to complete 100 hours of community service. A far cry from the six year sentence he was facing. Also the judge will accommodate his football schedule so he won't have to serve time until after the season.

In court, Dennard apologized to his coaches, supporters, police and his family and promised to abide by the terms of the probation. He declined comment after leaving court.

Dennard's attorney, Terry Dougherty, said he would ask Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy to suspend the jail sentence if Dennard complies with the terms of his probation over the next 11 months. Stacy said she would consider such a motion at that time.

Dougherty had also said that Dennard had already paid a fine of $500,000 since his draft stock plummeted after his arrest and he was eventually drafted in the seventh round. Dennard agreed with the punishment. Of course he did since the punishment didn't fit the crime.

Dennard got off relatively easy in this case. I know, athletes and entertainers live in a different world than the average American citizen. That doesn't mean you should be able to run around punching police officers because you had a lapse in judgement. If it's not alright for Joe Average to do it then you shouldn't either. I'm not saying Dennard is a bad guy, but he should've made a better choice.

Someone please enlighten me about this situation and give me a point as to why Dennard received a pretty light sentence.

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