Posted: Oct 31, 2012 3:42 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Oct 31, 2012 3:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Former LSU Quarterback Jordan Jefferson walked out of Parish Prison with a smile from ear to ear on Wednesday.
Jefferson pleaded no contest this morning to a battery charge stemming from a fight outside a bar last year. He told the judge this incident opened his eyes.
"This allows Jordan to get out of jail and come home," Defense Lawyer James Manasseh said. "He is not taking responsibility, he still believes he's innocent of any civil liability of this, but this allows him to be released."
Jordan was taken to jail yesterday, after Judge Chip Moore determined Jefferson violated conditions of his bond. Jefferson was arrested last week with three other former players, accused of being in possession of marijuana.
District Attorney Hillar Moore said although the battery charges are behind him, he still faces drug charges.
"This is exactly the same as a guilty plea," Moore said. "It has exactly the same effect, only difference is it's not allowed to be used in a civil arena."
The Judge ordered Jefferson to work on his education, take random drug tests, and talk to kids about the importance of making good decisions. Jefferson is on probation for a year and must conduct 30 hours of community service.
He is due back in court in December on the drug charges.