Former Husker Dennard asks judge to continue sentencing

2013-12-04T15:05:00Z 2013-12-05T16:25:27Z Former Husker Dennard asks judge to continue sentencingBy LORI PILGER / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Former Husker football player and current New England Patriot Patriot Alfonzo Dennard is set for sentencing Thursday, but he's asked for a delay that would put it off until after the NFL season.

A judge is set to take up the motion Thursday afternoon.

Dennard has admitted he violated his probation by drinking and driving. Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy continued his probation pending sentencing, when he could face jail time.

Last week, his attorney, Alan Stoler, filed a motion for continuance, saying that before he's sentenced, Dennard would like to show the court he could complete his community service, had complied with all the terms of probation and had favorable results from recommendations of a psychologist.

Stoler said Dennard has completed about 65 hours of community service, but could finish 35 more hours in the next two months.

Dennard has been meeting regularly with his probation officer in Massachusetts, has participated in weekly counseling sessions and has been subject to random drug tests at work at least weekly since August, Stoler said. The tests all have come back free of controlled substances, steroids and alcohol.

In April, Stacy sentenced Dennard to two years of probation, 30 days in jail -- to start March 31, 2014 -- and 100 hours of community service for assaulting a Lincoln police officer and resisting arrest during a scuffle early on April 21, 2012, days before the former Husker cornerback was chosen in the NFL Draft. 

Three months later, on July 11, Dennard violated his probation when a Lincoln police sergeant stopped him on suspicion of DUI after his vehicle drifted outside his driving lane. He is set to enter a plea in the misdemeanor case Friday.

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