ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Jon “Bones” Jones avoids jail time. That’s after the District Attorney’s Office gave the former UFC champ a plea deal from his hit and run that left a pregnant woman injured.
Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to the felony hit and run charge. Under the plea deal Jones gets a conditional discharge, meaning this felony is wiped from his record as long as he behaves himself.
He’ll be on probation for 18 months.
In April near Juan Tabo and Southern, Jones ran a red light and crashed his SUV into a car with a pregnant woman inside. The District Attorney’s office said she injured her wrist. Jones ran away from the scene without checking on her.
Police found pot in the SUV and his car rental agreement. He turned himself the next day.
Jones said he’s made amends with that woman and hopes to do the same with everyone else.
“I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened, for my actions, and I was really hoping that you guys could give me an opportunity to redeem myself,” said Jones.
As part of the deal, Jones must make 72 appearances around Albuquerque in 72 weeks at organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, schools and martial arts centers to talk to kids about what he did and how they can learn from his mistakes.
The judge said the Albuquerque fighter will be allowed to travel for work and promotional appearances. After his arrest, the UFC suspended Jones indefinitely and stripped him of his title.
The UFC also released a statement after the plea hearing.
In the past few years he’s had a DWI in New York and he’s tested positive for cocaine.