FOXBORO — Alfonzo Dennard was not at Patriots practice on Thursday. Instead, he was headed for a court appearance in Nebraska.
A probation sentencing in Lancaster District Court is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET while a 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.
Stoler is hoping Dennard’s compliance with his probation terms would be enough to convince the judge to grant the continuance. Stoler told the Herald that 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.
On Sept. 16, Dennard acknowledged violating the terms of his two-year probation. He faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, which was his same potential fate for being found guilty in February of 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.
However, 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 get thrown in jail after today’s sentencing.
The outcome of Dennard’s DUI case is unrelated to his probation revocation.