District Attorney: Probation, fine likey for Patriots’ Dennard


After pursuing a felony conviction on New England Patriots Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly went into post-game mode and called the guilty verdict handed down by a Lincoln, Nebraska jury a victory but also offered a ray of hope for the New England Patriots and their fans.

“A case like this usually can serve to highlight what the police face down there very often,” he said, adding that he hopes the Dennard case sends a message that it’s not OK to assault officers.

Now Kelly’s office needs to prepare for the upcoming sentencing hearing on April 11th, for which he doesn’t suspect there will be any specific recommendation as to the punished to be meted out.

Dennard faces a maximum of 6 years in prison for the felony assault of a Police officer, but Kelly feels that Probation and a hefty fine is the precedent, saying that he’d seen similar cases receive either short jail sentences of probation.

“I think the judge will be doing the same here as they do with anyone else,” he said.

Within minutes of the verdict being read, a spokesman for the NFL told Mike Florio on NBC Sports that the league planned to review the case, but Florio speculated that both Dennard and the players union would resist any attempt by the NFL to punish the 2013 Seventh round draft pick of the Patriots.

This news would come as a relief to the Patriots who are dealing with keeping a secondary together to challenge for another World Title, and Dennard’s performance as a rookie last season has given the coaching staff and management reason to believe that he will be a strong asset to their defense for years to come.

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