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Georgia Buldogs DL Jalen Carter Pleads No Contest to Charges; Gets Probation

March 16, 2023

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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation for his misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing his attorney said Thursday

Carter was then sentenced to 12 months of probation, a $1,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. He will also have to complete of a state-approved defensive driving course Solicitor General of Athens-Clarke County Will Fleenor said in a statment.

“Mr. Carter is happy and relieved to get this matter behind him, so now he can do what he needs to do for the NFL draft,” Carter’s attorney Kim Stephens said in a release. 

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Fleenor said law enforcement considered further charges, but decided against them.

“After consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, the Solicitor’s Office, and the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council, based on the evidence and applicable laws in this case, it was determined that the appropriate charges were the two traffic offenses that were resolved in court this morning,” Fleenor said.

Stephens said that Carter “did not cause the tragic accident” that ended the life of Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and UGA staffer Chandler LeCroy. 

“He continues to grieve for the loss of his friends,” Stephens said. 

Carter did not speak with the media after his Pro Day workout ended on Wednesday. He is expected to go in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, but there is wide consensus that Carter's position as a possible No. 1 overall draft pick is unlikley now. 

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