Earlier today, Quinton Jackson accepted a plea bargain in his case stemming from his hit-and-run/police chase incident form last July.
UFC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson pleaded guilty on Thursday to reduced charges of one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic and one misdemeanor count of driving recklessly at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Calif. Jackson was arrested on July 15 for a much publicized vehicular chase with authorities through the streets and sidewalks of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, Calif.
The former light heavyweight champion will be sentenced on Jan. 7, 2010, according to a press release from the Orange County’s District Attorney’s Office.
“Based on the negotiated plea agreement, the defendant could receive up to six months in jail and probation at his sentencing,” read the release. “Prior to sentencing, Jackson is required to complete 200 hours of community service, attend mental health therapy, pay restitution, and comply with other terms and conditions.”
Assuming Rampage complies the conditions set forth by the court, I seriously doubt Rampage will receive even an hour of jail time, let alone the maximum penalty of six months.
It appears by plea bargaining, instead of moving with forward with the not guilty plea, Jackson just evaded any serious punishment much better than he evaded the police.