Georgia’s Jalen Carter pleads no contest to charges in fatal crash

Georgia defensive star and likely high NFL draft pick Jalen Carter pleaded no contest to charges in a fatal crash that cost a teammate and a school football staffer their lives in January.

Carter was sentenced to 12 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, 80 hours of community service, and will attend a state-approved defensive driving course.

“We are happy that we were able to work with the Solicitor General’s office to reach a resolution that was fair and just based on the evidence in this case,” attorney Kay Stephens told ESPN. “Mr. Carter continues to grieve for the loss of his friends and continues to pray for their families, as well as for the continued healing for injured friends.”

Stephens also told ESPN Carter did not cause the accident on Jan. 15 that caused Georgia football player Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy to lose their lives.

“If the investigation had determined otherwise, Mr. Carter would have been charged with the far more serious offenses of vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle under Georgia law, both felony offenses, and would have faced a lengthy prison sentence,” Stephens said in a statement.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire