LINCOLN — Former Nebraska and current New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is requesting a continuance of his probation violation sentencing hearing that’s scheduled for Thursday.
Dennard — who admitted that on Sept. 16 he violated the probation of a felony assault conviction in connection with a July 11 DUI arrest — submitted his petition Nov. 26. He has requested more time to work on other conditions of his probation before Lancaster County Court Judge Gwen Stacy imposes any sentence in addition to the 30 days Dennard must serve in March 2014 for punching a Lincoln police officer in April 2012.
Stacy will hear the motion at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Among the progress Dennard said he’s made during his probation:
Ľ Sixty-five hours of community service in the Boston area, with another 35 hours planned in the next two months.
Ľ Regular meetings with a probation officer.
Ľ Random, at least weekly drug tests since August 2013, all of which have been clean of drugs or alcohol.
“Dennard would like to show to the Court completion of community service, compliance with all terms of probation, and favorable results from the recommendations of the psychologist before the Court imposes sentence on the revocation,” the motion reads.
Dennard’s request asks that the sentencing hearing be moved to a “time convenient for the Court.” He is still scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing Friday for the July DUI arrest. In that case, Dennard is charged with driving under the influence, refusing a blood-alcohol test by blowing too softly into the machine to register a reading, and straddling the lane lines with his car. Though police allege Dennard never blew hard enough to get a full sample, a partial sample registered a .107 blood-alcohol content.
The first two charges are misdemeanors; the latter is an infraction.
The second-year pro has battled a knee injury this year for the Patriots. He missed New England’s most recent game against the Texans.