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Hassan Jones pleads no contest in assault case

LARGO — Former pro football player Hassan Jones pleaded no contest Monday to attacking his daughter, agreeing to probation and anger management counseling, his attorney said.

Jones, 45, who starred at Clearwater High School and Florida State University, was arrested in July after an altercation with his wife and daughter.

Under his plea agreement on an aggravated assault charge, judgment will be withheld if he completes 18 months of probation and eight hours of anger management sessions, defense attorney Douglas Prior said. With good behavior, probation can be cut in half.

"It was a family relations issues," said Prior, calling the plea agreement a reasonable outcome. "It was an unfortunate situation that everyone involved wishes never happened."

Prosecutors dropped a felony domestic battery charge Sept. 1.

Jones, a Clearwater resident, yanked his daughter by the arm out of the seat of her vehicle, according to police reports. He dragged her across concrete and into a residence, sat on top of her and held her by the throat, police said. The daughter was freed when her mother knocked Jones off her, police said.

They said Jones grabbed a Callaway Big Bertha driver, waved it at his wife and daughter and screamed that he was going to strike each of them in the head. He also hit walls near the victims with the club, the police reports said.

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Jones, a wide receiver, in the fifth round of the 1986 NFL draft. He played eight seasons before retiring in 1993.

David DeCamp can be reached at ddecamp@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8779.

Hassan Jones pleads no contest in assault case 11/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2009 2:27pm]
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