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New England Patriots Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

Greg M. Cooper-USA Today Sports

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will be spending the month of March in jail next year after being sentenced to 30 days for assault charges dating back to April 2012.

Dennard, who had a productive season a year ago at the cornerback position, had been awaiting his sentence for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Dennard was arrested last April outside a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska and was found guilty of both the felony charge and misdemeanor count back in February.

Dennard will not miss any portion of the 2013 NFL season due to the terms of his sentencing, but he will be forced to serve his punishment next spring. Dennard, who attended the University of Nebraska, was arrested just after 2:00am on the night in question. He was arguing with a third party, but he hit an officer after being told to leave the area. Dennard’s NFL Draft stock suffered following the incident, but the Patriots took him anyway with their seventh round selection.

Dennard originally faced upwards of six years behind bars for the charges, so he is getting particularly lucky here. Dennard will also have to complete 100 hours of community service as part of the sentencing. Dennard will get credit for three days served already.

Dennard could see an expanded role here in 2013 after logging 35 tackles and three interceptions in his rookie season.

Last season the rookie started ten games, so you know he has an increasingly bright future in Foxboro.

 

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