Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard reported to jail in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday morning to serve a 60-day sentence as part of probation for assaulting a police officer in April of 2012. The sentence was extended from 30 days to 60 when he violated his probation in July 2013 by driving under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit.
Dennard is expected to remain at the Lancaster Adult Detention Facility for 35 days, after credit for good behavior and three days served.
The assault occurred just days before the NFL draft, which caused Dennard to be drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots when he was expected to go in the second or third round. And Dennard violated his probation a month after Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder, leading many to believe that Dennard would be cut from the team. The Patriots expressed their disappointment with the cornerback, but ultimately kept him on the roster.
On top of the jail time extension, Dennard’s probation was extended from two years to three, and his community service was extended from 100 hours to 200, 50 of which must be served in Nebraska where the assault occurred. His community service must be law enforcement-related.
Dennard became a starter for the Patriots in 2013 after recording 35 tackles and three interceptions in 10 games during his rookie season. He recorded 40 tackles and one interception in 13 games in 2013.