Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones couldn't outrun an NFL suspension but is now set to avoid jail time for his role in a fight at a Las Vegas strip club.
Jones on Tuesday agreed to a plea deal that is expected to win him probation as long as he testifies against the person who fired gunshots that wounded three people outside the Minxx strip club minutes after the fight inside.
Jones will plead no contest to one count of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in connection with the Feb. 19 melee, said Robert Langford, Jones' Las Vegas attorney. Jones, 24, was facing two counts of felony coercion, but prosecutors are dropping those charges as part of their end of the plea bargain.
The shooting outside the club left Minxx bouncer Tommy Urbanski paralyzed and two others with bullet wounds. People who were at the club have alleged that the person who fired the shots had been seen with Jones at the club and was believed to be Jones' associate.
Kathy Urbanski, Urbanski's wife, was livid Tuesday when she learned that Jones was expected to avoid any time behind bars in connection with the incident. "My husband is in the prison of a wheelchair. I feel we're both prisoners of this injury. We're the ones doing jail time," she said.
She said the prospect of Jones' punishment being probation is "completely ridiculous and unacceptable."
Urbanski, 44, and his wife have been living in a Residence Inn hotel since Aug. 25 because their house is being renovated to make it wheelchair accessible.
According to a copy of the plea agreement obtained by the Review-Journal, in exchange for Jones' no contest plea to the reduced charges, prosecutors will recommend that Jones be given a suspended sentence of one year in the Clark County Detention Center.
Jones would be placed on probation for a year and would have to enter an anger management program, complete 200 hours of community service, stay away from drugs and submit to random drug testing.
No one has publicly identified the person who fired the shots. Citing the ongoing police investigation, Langford wouldn't comment on whether Jones knows the shooter's identity.
Las Vegas police and District Attorney David Roger also declined to comment on the investigation and would not say whether Jones has provided or is expected to provide authorities with the identity of the shooter.
Two other defendants, Robert Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif., and 25-year-old Sadia Morrison, of New York, took similar deals to avoid jail time.
Reid is expected to plead no contest to one count of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct and get a suspended sentence. Langford said Morrison will plead no contest to one count of battery with substantial bodily harm and will receive a suspended sentence and three years probation.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for the season seven months ago for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Goodell upheld the suspension after he met with Jones on Nov. 2.
The NFL wouldn't comment on any developments in the Jones' case on Tuesday.
Langford's comments indicated that Jones' desire to get back on the football field was a primary motivation for the plea agreement.
"We want to clear all of this up so he can get back to doing what he loves and what he does best, and that's play football," Langford said.
Jones has been arrested six times since the Titans drafted him in April 2005. Jones has two criminal cases pending: A felony count of obstruction in Georgia from February 2006 and a public intoxication and disorderly charge from August 2006 in Tennessee.
Tommy Urbanski is suing Jones, the National Football League, the Tennessee Titans and the owners of Harlem Knights, the Houston-based strip club that hosted the event at Minxx, 4636 Wynn Road on the west side of Interstate 15 north of Tropicana Boulevard.
Urbanski's lawsuit says that in light of Jones' previous behavior, the NFL and the Titans should have taken action against him that would have deterred Jones from acting the way he did at Minxx.
Minxx bouncer Aaron Cudworth and club patron Natalie Jones, who were both wounded by gunfire outside the club, are also suing Jones for damages.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact reporter David Kihara at firstname.lastname@example.org or (702) 383-4638.