All but one of the charges were dropped against the Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Dustin Byfuglien in a Minneapolis courtroom Monday.
Byfuglien pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motorboat in a plea deal that saw all drug and alcohol related charges dropped.
Judge Ronald Abrams gave Byfuglien 30 days of community service, but suspended all but two of them for a year.
Byfuglien apparently did not talk to media after leaving the courtroom, except to say “Yeah” when asked if he was glad the ordeal was over.
Byfuglien was charged last year with dangerous operation of a motorboat, boating while intoxicated and refusing to submit to a police blood or urine test. He was charged after police stopped him on Lake Minnetonka on August 31, 2011.
Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff released the following statement after the ruling: “After allowing the legal process to play out, we are thankful to see this matter resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. As an organization, the Winnipeg Jets are happy this is behind Dustin and he can look forward to the upcoming hockey season, along with the rest of the team and their passionate fan base.”
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