New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was found guilty of felony assault of a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest stemming from an event in Lincoln Nebraska last year. He was acquitted of a third charge, third degree assault of another man.
Dennard faces up to six years in prison. His sentencing hearing will take place on April 11. County Attorney Joe Kelly said that he is unsure when his office will recommend prison time to the Judge.
The incident occurred just five days before the 2012 NFL draft, when Dennard was accused of punching a police officer jaw outside of a Lincoln bar. The projected second or third round selection fell to the seventh round where he was selected by the Patriots with the 224th overall pick. He ended up making seven starts in 2012 and was supposed to start at right corner for the Patriots in 2013.
With Dennard's 2013 availability potentially derailed by either a prison sentence and/or suspension, the Patriots may have even more reason to bring back Aqib Talib, who's contract has expired.Tags: Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib, cornerback, felony assault, Football, New England, New England Patriots, NFL, prison time, resisting arrest, sentencing hearing