A Lancaster County District Court jury returned early on Wednesday after five hours of deliberation on Tuesday, convicting former Husker cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on a felony charge of assaulting a Lincoln police officer in April 2012. The jury also found Dennard guilty of a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, but innocent of misdemeanor assault for hitting another man after bumping into him on the street after bar close in Lincoln’s downtown area.
Dennard faces a felony assault charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while the misdemeanor charge carried a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
On Tuesday during his closing testimony, Dennard’s attorney argued that Dennard was guilty of nothing more than resisting arrest. However, prosecutors said several police officers saw Dennard punch Lincoln police officer Benjamin Kopsa in the jaw. A cell phone video showed some type of altercation that the defense argued did not clearly show a punch being thrown.
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Dennard was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and became a starter in the defensive secondary in his first pro season.