Jets' Byfuglien pleads guilty to careless boating charge

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 23, 2012 - 11:34 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS - Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has avoided a trial on drunken boating charges by pleading guilty to careless boating.

Byfuglien reached a plea deal on Monday, the day his trial was to start in Minneapolis.

Byfuglien, who was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Roseau, was charged last August with boating under the influence and refusing to take a chemical test after an incident on suburban Lake Minnetonka. Careless boating is a misdemeanor, and Byfuglien was sentenced to a year's probation, two days of public service, a $1,000 fine and a day in an alcohol education program.

Defense attorney Mitchell Robinson says Byfuglien had a 0.031 blood-alcohol content when tested on the lake, well below Minnesota's limit for driving boats or cars.

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