It looks like former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones won’t be seen behind bars for his role in a hit-and-run in Albuquerque.

On Tuesday morning, Jones plead guilty to a felony charge of fleeing the scene of a car accident in April, which left a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Vanessa Sonnenberg, with a fractured arm and wrist.

As a result, Judge Charles Brown of the Second Judicial District Court of Bernalillo County ordered Jones be given 18 months of supervised probation. The former champion must also make 72 appearances in vivacious charitable events such as speaking to a Boys And Girls Club. According to Jones’ lawyer, Sonnenberg has made a full recovery.

Jones issued the following statement in regards to Judge Brown’s decision:

“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life. “

As far as competition, Jones (21-1) was last seen earning a unanimous decision over bitter rival Daniel Cormier in their main event title fight at UFC 182 early this month. It was not long after all hell broke loose in Jones’ life as it was made public that pre-fight drug test results revealed he had tested positive for cocaine. However, since the Nevada State Athletic Commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, Jones was not suspended due to the fact the fact cocaine is not considered a banned out-of-competition substance.

He was scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. However, as a result of Jones’ role in the hit-and-run case, the UFC striped him of his title and suspended him indefinitely. Daniel Cormier was named the replacement against Johnson in the main event, with the now vacant title on the line. Cormier would go on to earn the light heavyweight title.

However, the UFC has not declared their former champion reinstated simply because he has avoided jail time.

The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.

More information will be made available following completion of this review.

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