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Update: Dennard given probation and jail time

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

It's the end of Alfonzo Dennard's assault case but just the beginning of the punishment that comes from it.

He showed no emotion as he left the courthouse after receiving his sentence Thursday morning.

He was given 30 days in jail that will start on March 1st of next year.  Also 24 months probation and 100 hours of community service.

"Glad he got probation," Dennard's Attorney, Terry Dougherty said.  "Disappointed in the jail sentence but we'll see if maybe we can't do something about that at a later time but probation is the appropriate sentencing in a case like this and glad that that happened."

The New England Patriot cornerback was arrested in the early morning hours outside a downtown bar in April of last year just days before the NFL draft.

During his weeklong trial in February, prosecutors say he got into a fight outside the Hr. Lounge with a UNL student, then punched a police officer.

Dennard denied hitting the officer, but did admit to resisting arrest.

In the courtroom on Thursday, Dennard was accompanied by former coach Bo Pelini.  He also wrote a letter along with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Dennard's behalf for the judge to consider. Those letters were not read aloud..

Pelini left the courthouse with no comment.

Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy says she included the jail sentence because she didn't want to depreciate the seriousness of assaulting an officer.

Dougherty said he would ask the judge to suspend the jail sentence if Dennard complies with the terms of his probation over the next 11 months.  Judge Stacy said she would consider it when the time comes.

Dennard apologized to coaches, Huskers fans, police and his family while in court Thursday morning.

There's no word yet on how this will affect his status with the Patriots.

We attempted to contact the County Attorney for comment but didn't get a call back.

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom
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Former Husker Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

Dennard was found guilty after a weeklong trial in February.  Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy ordered Dennard to serve 2 years probation, 100 hours of community service for assaulting the officer, and 30 days in the Lancaster County jail beginning March 1, 2014.

The New England Patriot cornerback was arrested in the early morning hours of April 21, 2012, just days before the NFL draft. 

During the trial in February, prosecutors said Dennard hit another man as the two crossed the street in opposite directions.  The incident was witnessed by Lincoln Police officer Ben Kopsa.  Kopsa said as he approached Dennard, the former husker punched him.  Dennard told jurors he did not intentionally hit the officer.

There's no word yet on how this will affect Dennard's status with the Patriots.

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