Former UFC light heavyweight champion and top 205-pound contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson accepted a plea bargain today in Orange County, California to charges stemming from his infamous July 15th hit and run and police chase.
MMA Weekly has details on the agreement, which is likely to allow Jackson to avoid any jail time from the incident and continue regular competition in the UFC:
“At his preliminary hearing on Thursday, he reversed his plea to guilty on one misdemeanor count of reckless driving and one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic. With the acceptance of the plea bargain, Jackson’s sentencing will be deferred to Jan. 7, 2010. If he meets the requirements of the plea bargain, the felony count will be dismissed and he will only be sentenced for the misdemeanor. If he fails to meet the requirements of his plea bargain, he will be charged and sentenced on both counts.
“It was also revealed during the hearing that Jackson has also agreed to pay restitution on all counts against him, including the felony that will be dismissed as part of his plea agreement. As long as he meets the terms of his agreement, the plea bargain will keep Jackson out of jail and in the Octagon. Having defeated Silva at UFC 92 on Dec. 27, it is speculated he could return to competition again as soon as June or July.”