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Jones 'likely to be offered plea-bargain' by DA

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The office of Broome County District Attorney Gerald F. Mollen (pictured) is likely to offer Jon Jones a plea-bargain on his DUI charge, it has been reported.

The offer is likely to be made in the pre-trial stage and would mean no trial if accepted, according to last night’s UFC Tonight broadcast.

If Jones elects to go to trial, he will face a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The light-heavyweight champion was arrested last weekend on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence after crashing his Bentley car into a lamppost at 5am.

Police in Broome County, New York arrested him and then bailed him several hours later. He is due to appear in Binghamton City Court on the 29th of this month for arraignment, according to MMA reporter Ariel Helwani.

The pre-trial stage will commence around autumn, which means we could know by then what penalty Jones will face. If he rejects the plea-bargain and goes to trial, he is unlikely to get the full sentence as it is a first offence and nobody was injured in the incident.

Jones’ manager Malki Kawa has promised that a full statement will be coming from the champion soon. A supposed statement issued via Facebook at the weekend could not be verified, he added.