‘Pacman’ in­tends to take plea deal

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

LAS VE­GAS— Sus­pended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones is ex­pected to take a plea deal that will get him pro­ba­tion in re­turn for tes­ti­mony about a Las Ve­gas strip club triple shoot­ing, his lawyer said Tues­day.

The Ten­nessee Ti­tans cor­ner­back in­tends to plead no con­test to one charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit dis­or­derly con­duct, a gross mis­de­meanor, in re­turn for a prom­ise to sus­pend a sen­tence of one year in county jail, ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten plea agree­ment ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“We have a deal,” Clark County pros­e­cu­tor Vic­to­ria Vil­le­gas said. “I can’t talk about the ne­go­ti­a­tions un­til it’s ac­tu­ally filed with the court.”

Jones’ at­tor­ney, Robert Lang­ford, was sched­uled to ap­pear in court Tues­day to in­form Las Ve­gas Jus­tice of the Peace Tony Ab­batan­gelo of the plea, but the hear­ing abruptly was resched­uled for Thurs­day.

Vil­le­gas said the de­layed hear­ing was the re­sult of a sched­ul­ing mishap.

“He has agreed to tes­tify in what­ever hear­ings come up re­gard­ing the shooter,” Lang­ford said. Jones, who was not ex­pected to at­tend Tues­day’s hear­ing, would not be sen- tenced un­til af­ter tes­ti­fy­ing, he said.

Manny Arora, Jones’ At­lanta-based at­tor­ney, said their fo­cus was to clear the cor­ner­back of in­volve­ment in the shoot­ing and called the deal the best sit­u­a­tion for Jones.

In ad­di­tion to one year of pro­ba­tion, Jones must at­tend an anger man­age­ment pro­gram, com­plete 200 hours of commu- nity ser­vice within a year and sub­mit to ran­dom drug test­ing, ac­cord­ing to the plea deal. Lang­ford said Jones al­ready is sub­ject to drug test­ing un­der NFL rules.

On Thurs­day, Ab­batan­gelo is ex­pected to waive Jones’ pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on two felony co­er­cion charges stem­ming from al­le­ga­tions he in­cited a melee inside the club.

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