Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be back before the court in Albuquerque, N.M., this week after being cited for driving without a license, no proof of registration, and no proof of insurance.
The Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office confirmed the incident to MMAWeekly.com on Monday following an initial report by local Albuquerque news station KRQE on Sunday.
Jones is currently on probation in New Mexico and was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight championship following felony hit and run charges stemming from an accident that he caused on April 27, 2015, that left a pregnant motorist injured. He faced a felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Bodily Harm or Death.
Jones ran a red light and smashed his rented SUV into a car, which in turn smashed into another car. The driver of the car he smashed into suffered a fractured arm and wrist. Jones then fled the scene on foot, reportedly without so much as checking to see if anyone was injured.
The 28-year-old stripped champion entered into a plea deal with the prosecution in September, which subjects him to 18 months of supervised probation and requires him to make 72 speaking appearances at local Boys and Girls clubs as well as schools in Bernalillo County, N.M.
Following a third party to review of the former champion’s charges and plea agreement, UFC officials reinstated Jones. Over this past weekend, it was announced that Jones would return to the Octagon at UFC 197 on April 23, where he will challenge current champion Daniel Cormier in a rematch for the belt.
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The recent charges, however, put Jones’ future into question once again. Kayla Anderson, Public Information Officer for the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico, told MMAWeekly.com that although driving without a license was not selected as a special condition of the probation Jones received under his plea deal, “all defendants being supervised on probation are required generally to not violate any laws.”
Because Jones violated the law, the Second Judicial District Attorney’s office “has the discretion to pursue a revocation of probation if an alleged incident arises to the level of a substantial violation of probation.”
The DA’s office would make that determination after having examined all the facts surrounding the current charges against Jones. Revocation of his probation, however, is not the only action that could be pursued if the DA’s office decides to take action.
“Generally, if we decide to pursue a probation revocation, and a judge determines that there has been a substantial violation of probation, it is up to our office whether we seek to revoke a conditional discharge, and it is up to the judge to ultimately decide if a conditional discharge will be revoked and sentence imposed,”Adnerson explained.
“Those decisions are made on a case to case basis. The court can also impose a wide range of sanctions, some of which do not necessarily require the loss of a conditional discharge.
“As of today, we do not have enough information about the Jan. 31 incident to make that determination, but we will examine the matter.”
As of the time of publication, UFC officials had little time to consider the situation, telling MMAWeekly.com, “We just learned of the situation this morning and are in the process of gathering more information.”
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