‘Pacman’ intends to take plea deal
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.