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Dennard’s crime usually carries a sentence of six months or less

Alfonzo Dennard AP

The bad news for Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is that he could be sentenced to up to six years in prison after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. The good news is that other people convicted of the same crimes typically get much shorter sentences than that.

Dennard’s prosecutor, Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly, told the Omaha World-Herald that defendants who are found guilty of third-degree assault of an officer typically get sentences ranging from probation to up to 180 days in jail.

So if Dennard gets a typical sentence when he next appears before a judge on April 11, even if it’s on the high end of the typical sentence, he would be available for most of the regular season. At least, he would be if the NFL doesn’t suspend him: The NFL says it is still reviewing Dennard’s case and could suspend him under the league’s personal-conduct policy, even though Dennard committed the assault before he became an NFL player.

The prosecutor’s office said it will not recommend a specific sentence to the judge, while Dennard’s lawyer said he will work hard to convince the judge not to go too hard on his client.

“That’s the jury verdict, and we’ll deal with it,” attorney Terry Dougherty said. “Our work is not done. We need to prepare for the sentencing hearing, to make sure there’s a sentence that is appropriate.”

From Dennard’s perspective, an appropriate sentence would be one that allows him to play for the Patriots all season.

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36 Responses to “Dennard’s crime usually carries a sentence of six months or less”
  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 21, 2013 5:59 PM

    Typical slimey Patriot. We laugh at him and his pedigree.

  2. descendency says: Feb 21, 2013 6:03 PM

    @benroethlisberger7

    That’s so ironic coming from a guy with Ben Roethlisberger in his username…

  3. sschmiggles says: Feb 21, 2013 6:04 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Feb 21, 2013 5:59 PM
    Typical slimey Patriot.
    ________________________

    Says the guy with the Big Ben username

  4. jibzek says: Feb 21, 2013 6:07 PM

    He’ll be starting CB by opening day.

    In the mean time, he better throw down some cold beers with Gronk before his jail time.

  5. tim3711 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:08 PM

    Says the guy who wears the name Ben Rothlisberger. Slimey? Everything big ben touches is slimey. We all laugh at you collectively.

  6. ampats says: Feb 21, 2013 6:13 PM

    He’ll get probation. Never been in trouble before or after, made a dumb mistake. Does anyone see him hitting another cop? Has a professional career.

    These factors go into sentencing.

  7. fanfrommontreal says: Feb 21, 2013 6:17 PM

    @benroethlisberger7

    You must be joking… Punching a cop is not a smart thing to do by any account, but on the scale of slimy things one can do it is pretty low compare to sexually assaulting young girls in a bar’s bathroom while your bodyguard stays at the door to let you do your thing in peace…

  8. steelersreallysuck says: Feb 21, 2013 6:20 PM

    How did that piece of crap Ben do last season? Oh yeah…hahahahahahahaha. Keep hating LOSER!!!

  9. davekezer says: Feb 21, 2013 6:21 PM

    Well I’m glad the citizens of Nebraska get to foot the bill of taking to trial and imprisoning this man for six months, just so the (plainclothes) officer and his (story-changing) partner can prove a point and save face. All is right in the world.

  10. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Feb 21, 2013 6:27 PM

    Wow…so it really is OK to hit a cop.
    Good to know. :)

  11. zimaman says: Feb 21, 2013 6:28 PM

    like i said yesterday

    NO jail time, he is not going to do one day in the pokey

    3 years suspended sentence, $10,000 cash and 1 year probation served in Massachusetts

    up yours Patriot haters read it and weep

  12. profootballwalk says: Feb 21, 2013 6:28 PM

    When your QB is a known rapist, I’d avoid the crime posts.

  13. geauxjay says: Feb 21, 2013 6:30 PM

    The NFL Is destroying all video evidence as we speak.

  14. 8man says: Feb 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    tim3711 says:
    Feb 21, 2013 6:08 PM
    Says the guy who wears the name Ben Rothlisberger. Slimey? Everything big ben touches is slimey. We all laugh at you collectively.
    ——————————————
    Yes benroethlisberger7, and we fart in your general direction.

  15. cornellsteelers says: Feb 21, 2013 6:37 PM

    @profootballwalk

    Are you hiding evidence from the DA in Milledgeville? I believe that’s a crime.

  16. beauregard says: Feb 21, 2013 6:42 PM

    He will do some time, and rightfully so. He obviously has issues with anger and emotion control.
    That being said, the sentence will probably be in the one to three month range and served at a county facility. He should be out in time for camp. This is assuming however he doesn’t get in any fights with inmates or guards on the inside. He’s a celebrity even on the inside and both inmates and guards will bait him into doing something stupid. It ain’t no day in the park on the inside.

  17. raiderinva says: Feb 21, 2013 6:49 PM

    The worst part is that once again Bill Belichick rolls the dice and wins again.

    It was because of all of this that Dennard fell to the 7th round in the draft and New England used its 224th pick to draft a starter. If this was any other team it would have blown up in there face.

  18. fuzzebear says: Feb 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    If it was me who hit the cop he would have beaten me with his club, tazed me and I’d be in jail right now.

  19. rockislander says: Feb 21, 2013 7:05 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:

    Typical slimey Patriot.
    ________________

    Sorry ben, but Roethlisberger = rapist

  20. broadstbully says: Feb 21, 2013 7:14 PM

    I don’t understand how he can possibly be suspended by his current employer for something that happened before they employed him.

  21. skiss68 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:19 PM

    Put him in jail tomorrow and let him out the day before training camp starts. That’s six months. He shoulda taken a plea deal if his defense was “I didn’t know it was a cop.”

  22. cliffordc05 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:19 PM

    Seriously, is the clown with the benroethlisberger7 user name trying to be funny?

  23. listenup823 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:37 PM

    @yssupasigninnamnotyep.. Go ahead and take a swing at a cop.. See what happens.. You never cease to amaze me at what stupidity spews from your high school equivalency exam mouth..

  24. patssox says: Feb 21, 2013 7:52 PM

    Hahahaha!! : ) @benroethlisberger7 !!!

    Complete misfire! : )

  25. mtmk0586 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:55 PM

    6 years sounds perfect for this jerk that attacks a policeman! Put him in jail where he belongs!

  26. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Feb 21, 2013 7:57 PM

    Well listenup823…obviously you wouldn’t know sarcasm if it bit your high and mighty rear end.

    Since you are such a Mensa member, I would suggest to you that what I was saying is that it is a ridiculously light sentence for someone who punches an officer of the law.

    Now please let me know where you reside so I can come gladly punch you in the face.

  27. mtmk0586 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:59 PM

    Put the jerk in jail where he will be sooner or later anyway! Hahahahahahahha

  28. mtmk0586 says: Feb 21, 2013 8:00 PM

    Jail

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 21, 2013 8:33 PM

    “mtmk0586 says:
    Feb 21, 2013 7:55 PM
    6 years sounds perfect for this jerk that attacks a policeman! Put him in jail where he belongs!”

    Yeah right. He didn’t “attack a policeman’ as in leaving his house with the intention of beating a policeman up, tracking one down and doing so.

    He was a young man who was out in a bar, a fight happened and in the heat of the moment he hit a guy. Who wasn’t seriously injured. Like thousands of other people do every year and I guarantee you not one of them serves 6 years. And its his first offense.

    You’re dreaming if you think he’s going to get 6 years, and I’ve got some other news for you. People have often gotten less time than that for manslaughter, rape and much more heinous things.

    Talk about overreacting to something that is no big deal in reality.

  30. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 21, 2013 9:07 PM

    This guy is a perfect fit to stand in the secondary next to another standout citizen in Talib.

    Pats = Cincy

    *and the patsy fans all attack my name to avoid the truth in 3…2…1…*

  31. zombiepatriot says: Feb 21, 2013 9:25 PM

    All this because some cop got punked.

    In the end, to me, it is sad that it became a bigger issue than it was all because some cop, out in his plain clothes and from what I’ve read was off duty got into the thick of things and got hit.

    If he was in uniform and identifiable as a cop, I agree Dennard should be punished.

    If you are in your street clothes and off duty the punishment should be the same as hitting anyone else. At that point he was just hitting some guy and not a ‘cop’.

  32. micknangold says: Feb 21, 2013 9:29 PM

    Dennard is actually already lucky – lucky there weren’t more cops around, because they probably would have beat the snot out of him once they saw him deck one of their own.

  33. mazblast says: Feb 21, 2013 9:44 PM

    Dennard won’t be suspended by the league, for two reasons–

    1. The act in question occurred before he was employed by an NFL team. I don’t see how you can punish someone for a crime not in your jurisdiction. Well, perhaps you can, but once again, it wouldn’t hold up when reviewed by someone not on an ego-trip like the current Commissioner.

    2. Bob Kraft has already told his pal, The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person, that it’s not going to happen.

  34. borisbulldog says: Feb 22, 2013 2:15 AM

    6mths plus the 8 game suspension!

    Belicheat is sweating bullets about now!

  35. rc33 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:54 AM

    He won’t miss a single game next year. And the league won’t suspend him because the incident took place before he was drafted, like the Kendrick Ellis situation last season.

  36. joetoronto says: Feb 23, 2013 5:32 AM

    Well, there’s always the Bengals.

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