Alfonzo Dennard showed no emotion as he left the courthouse since hearing the news of his guilty verdict. The former Husker turned New England Patriot has been convicted of 3rd degree assault on an officer and resisting arrest. He was acquitted of an additional assault charge. While the state is pleased with the outcome, the same cannot be said for Dennard and his attorney, Terry Dougherty.
"That's the jury's verdict. We have to abide by what the jury has to say, so we're going to deal with it," said Dougherty.
You may remember, it all went down last April in front of the Hour Lounge near 14th and O. When he took the stand last week, Dennard denied punching the officer. He said he thought he was being attacked from behind, and threw his elbow back as a reaction. Joe Kelly, the county attorney, says assaults are pretty common during the bar break hours, and this case is a testament to what officers face out on the street.
"Within the last two weeks, we've had two other guilty pleas to assault on an officer from, one of them being from that area in town. I think sentencing judges strive to treat him the same as they'd treat those folks," said Joe Kelly.
Dennard could face a maximum of 6 years behind bars. There is no minimum. Kelly says his office will not be giving a recommendation. For Dennard's attorney, the goal now is to ensure that the sentence imposed is the right one.
"Right now our work is not done. We have to turn our attention to the sentencing hearing coming up in April. So we're working on that, so that the sentencing is appropriate to what the evidence has disclosed from the jury," said Dougherty.
Sentencing has been scheduled for April 11th. Probation is also a possibility.