However, 60 days of the sentence are suspended and J.R. will likely only have to spend 30 days in jail as long as he performs 500 hours of community service. The judge has ordered that the community service be spent with J.R. visiting sick children in the hospital.
In a statement released by the Nuggets Mark Warkentien responded to the judge’s ruling. “We are fully aware of the legal proceedings involving J.R. Smith today and the judges’ decision. J.R. Smith took responsibility for his role in this tragic accident that occurred in June 2007. The legal statutes mandate that J.R. serve time for driving recklessly and he is grateful that the statutory sentence was reduced from 90 days to 30.
We will continue to support J.R. during this difficult period and will have no further comment at this time.”
Denver suspended J.R. for two games to start the 2007-08 season for the incident in an attempt to head off the NBA. I am not sure if the NBA will look to tack on an additional suspension now that the legal proceedings have concluded.
Yahoo! Sports has some additional facts and quotes on the story (thanks to reader Ky Davis for the link).