Hello all, Joe Burgett here.
I have a major update on TNA Superstar Jeff Hardy.
According to The Fayetteville Observer, he was in court today over his drug charges from almost two years ago. There was an idea that he would plead guilty to charges months back, so that he could move on from them.
Problem was, the plea wasn't quite taken the way the defense wanted it. So, the court date was then pushed forward again.
Most of the court stuff has been delayed time and time again, but now it finally looks like there is a sentence for Jeff Hardy.
He pleaded guilty to:
* Two counts of intent to distribute a controlled substance.
* one count of conspiracy to traffic in a compound containing opium.
His sentence goes as follows:
- Hardy must serve 10 days in jail and pay a $100,000 fine
- Hardy then will serve 30 months on probation, if he violates the probation he will likely be sent to jail for a long period of time
- Hardy has to remain in a drug abuse treatment program
- He requested to be allowed to travel out of state so he would work with TNA, the request was accepted. This means Jeff can work with TNA as a regular star.
Now, it is uncertain when Jeff will serve his 10 days. But, word has it that he could do it as early as a few weeks from now. An idea is that he would tape the TNA tapings coming up, then while they are playing, he would serve his 10 days and be able to be at the pay-per-view in the same month.
It would work out easily schedule-wise thanks to TNA taping all of it's iMPACT shows.
Most legal experts believe Hardy got away really well here. In talking to some, it was believed that because of North Carolina's strict drug rules, Hardy could have been behind bars for three to five years easy. But, the guilty plea makes things much easier on him, and requires him to simply just change his life around.
While this may be hard, it is something he could do.
Hardy being in a drug treatment program is an excellent thing, as he has needed this for such a long time. It may be the help he needs to totally get better.
Most fans are happy to see that the charges aren't as severe as originally thought, and believe the drug treatment alone will help Hardy more than anything.
The $100,000 fine is chump change for Hardy, so he could easily pay this out of pocket now and then make it back within a month or two of wrestling for TNA.
Looks like Hardy got away with a few things, but this is our American legal system people.
The drug trafficking charge was one many believed that could get him jail time for years, but it was reduced down due to the plea.
Keep in mind, Hardy has never had any prior run-ins with the law before September of 2009. This was factored in, I'm sure.
But, what do you think?
Did Hardy get away with it, or did he get a good sentence?