|Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard waives right to preliminary hearing in assault case, faces May 30 arraignment||05.16.12 at 1:26 pm ET|
Patriots seventh-round pick Alfonzo Dennard wavied his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon, according to a report from the Associated Press, and he remains free on a $5000 bond. Dennard will now be arraigned May 30 in Lancaster County District Court on a charge of third-degree felony assault of a police officer.
Per the AP, Dennard is accused of striking an officer during a disturbance outside a Lincoln bar on April 21, five days before the NFL draft. If convicted, he could face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Thought to be an early- to mid-round talent, it’s believed the incident led to a drop in his overall draft stock.
“Alfonzo is a guy who we spent a lot of time on. Obviously the incident affected his draft position,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said shortly after New England selected Dennard. “But certainly we’re aware of it. We researched it, we found out as much as we could about it. Obviously as an organization we were comfortable taking the selection where we did. … There’s obviously some other things that are currently out there from a legal standpoint that I obviously can’t comment on.”
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