Dennard found guilty of assault
The trial that was only supposed to last four days has finally come to an end nine days later.
Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been found guilty of assaulting a police officer outside of a bar last April. It was a third degree felony. Dennard was also found guilty of misdemeanor resisting arrest. He was found not guilty of misdemeanor assault.
Dennard’s sentencing is scheduled for April 11.
The felony carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor’s maximum penalty is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
During the trial, Dennard reportedly denied punching the officer but admitted to resisting arrest and hitting another man during the alleged incident. His lawyer has called out the prosecution for inconsistencies during the trial.
The prosecution has also used a cell phone video of the alleged fight, but the defense has said it is inconclusive.
The case was originally supposed to last four days. Since he is a public figure, it took a lot longer to find a jury than they expected, and the prosecution took longer than anticipated as well.
Dennard was arrested just a few days before the 2012 NFL draft,. He was originally viewed as a potential second-round pick. Bill Belichick continuously proclaimed he was comfortable enough to select the Nebraska star when he received him in the seventh round.
In training camp, Dennard suffered a hamstring injury and was inactive for the first four games of the regular season.