Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 | 10:06 a.m.
NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones won't do any jail time. But he will spend a year on probation for his role in a 2007 strip club melee and shooting in Las Vegas that left one club employee partially paralyzed and two others wounded.
Jones, a cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals, was sentenced today on a gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct as part of a plea agreement with the Clark County District Attorney's office.
Judge Douglas Herndon handed down a 12-month suspended sentence for Jones in the Clark County Detention Center, but granted him probation for a year.
Jones will also have to complete 200 hours of community service, enter an anger management counseling program, stay off any non-prescribed drugs and be subject to random urinalysis testing, Herndon said.
He also said Jones would have to stay out of trouble during the probationary period. Herndon set a status check in six months, for 9 a.m. Aug. 25, to see how he is complying with the requirements.
He said Jones did not have to return to court himself at that time, as long as his attorney could show that he is completing the requirements of the sentence.
Jones originally faced two felony charges of coercion, which each carried a possible sentence of one to six years. He has denied any role in the shooting.
Outside the courtroom, Jones, who was wearing a neck brace from an injury he received in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons, said he was glad that the four-year court case had come to a close.
"I'm happy I finally got everything behind me. This has been a long, long haul and has affected a lot of families," Jones said. "It has affected me personally."
Jones said he was praying every day for the people who were hurt in the shooting.
"I'm trying to do whatever I have to do to never come back to nothing that is close to this situation again," Jones said. He said his life is now in order.
Jones, 27, said he was hoping to have his neck brace off in about a month and would play next season for the Bengals and there are no problems with the NFL.
"Everything will be A-OK," he said.
He said he is engaged and planned to be married on July 5. Jones said he no longer goes to Las Vegas clubs — and his attorney, Robert Langford, said "not even any Cincinnati clubs."
According to police, Jones instigated a melee that led to shootings Feb. 19, 2007, outside the Minxx Gentlemen's Club and Lounge, 4636 Wynn Road. The incident took place after the NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas.
Jones was "making it rain," or throwing wads of dollar bills from a large plastic trash bag onto a stage. He then became angry when the strippers picked up the money, and a brawl broke out, police said
Police said Jones and his entourage were ejected from the club.
Officers said Jones then met with Arvin Kenti Edwards and moments after they parted, Edwards opened fire with a handgun outside the club.
Three people were injured, including bouncer Tommy Urbanski, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a bullet lodged in his spine.
Police said Edwards hounded Jones for $15,000 after the shooting.
Jones told authorities he didn't order the shooting and declined to pay. But he said he reimbursed a friend who paid the money for him because he was worried Edwards would pursue him if he wasn't paid.
Edwards was originally charged with three counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and three counts of battery with substantial bodily harm, which could have added up to a jail term of 186 years if he was convicted
On Sept. 21, Edwards decided to plead no contest to attempted murder as part of a plea agreement he made with the district attorney's office. He faces four to 10 years in Nevada state prison when he is sentenced in May.
Jones was suspended from the NFL for the 2007 season because of his role in the melee and other misconduct off the field. In the first three years after his 2005 draft, Jones was arrested six times on various charges.