Alfonzo Dennard was given another year of probation and an extra 100 hours of community service Thursday by a Nebraska judge for violating terms of his probation for assaulting a police officer outside of a Lincoln, Neb., bar in April 2012. Dennard was sentenced in March to two years of probation and a suspended 30-day jail sentence in March 2014.
On Sept. 16, Dennard acknowledged violating the terms of his two-year probation. He faced a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Dennard was arrested July 11 for suspicion of driving under the influence and straddling the lane lines in Lincoln. That led to the probation revocation hearing in which a judge accepted his responsibility of guilt. In a worst-case scenario, Dennard could have been immediately jailed after Thursday’s sentencing but that didn’t happen.
Judge Stephanie Stacy also added a no-alcohol provision to his sentence and added 30 days to his jail sentence, which begins on March 31. The total jail time is now 60 days, which could be reduced to 38 days with good behavior. The judge could have revoked Dennard’s probation as the prosecution was seeking but she rejected that request.
Dennard was not at Patriots practice on Thursday in order to attend Thursday’s hearing. Dennard is not completely out of the woods as a separate DUI sentencing is scheduled for Friday at the same time, also at Lancaster County Court.
However. Dennard’s lawyer, Alan Stoler, told the Boston Herald Wednesday that Dennard filed a request for a continuance to delay the DUI sentencing until after the NFL season.
Dennard has completed more than 65 hours of probation work since September and could finish the remainder of his 100 hours by the end of the season, even though he has two years to complete the terms.
According to the Herald, Dennard’s hours have included time working with the Foxboro Police Department, the Boys & Girls Club and some youth speaking engagements to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Meanwhile, Dennard should find out Thursday if he is granted the continuance. Dennard is required to appear on Friday to formally enter a plea, and Stoler said Dennard is still undecided if he’ll plead guilty or not guilty.