Hope Solo’s NFL husband surrenders for 30-day jail sentence in DUI case
Former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, husband of soccer star Hope Solo, was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail and four years’ probation for driving a U.S. soccer van while drunk.
Stevens, 35, surrendered to court officials after he was sentenced for the Jan. 19 drunk driving incident in Manhattan Beach, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nicole Bershon ordered him to enter a two-year outpatient alcohol program, and to complete a “victim impact” program, which aims to show offenders the effects of their actions. Both must be completed in Washington, where he lives.
Stevens pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts: driving with a 0.08% blood-alcohol content level and driving under the influence within 10 years of a prior DUI conviction, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Stevens was convicted in 2007 of a DUI in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to court documents.
At the sentencing, Bershon warned Stevens that if he was convicted of DUI again and it resulted in a death, he could be charged with murder, Santiago said.
The former Seattle Seahawks player was stopped about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 while driving a U.S. soccer van with its headlights off in Manhattan Beach, police said.
Stevens refused a blood or breathalyzer test, so officers obtained a search warrant to draw a blood sample, prosecutors said. His blood-alcohol concentration was at least 0.15%.
Solo, a goalkeeper for the U.S. national soccer team, was in the van at the time and was suspended by Coach Jill Ellis for making “a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. soccer and her teammates.” She was reinstated to the team in late February.
Later, in a statement issued by his attorney, Craig Renetzky, Stevens said he wants to move his life in a positive direction.
“I fully and willingly accept the consequences of my failure to act responsibly and I am ready to face what is ahead,” he said.
“I look forward to putting it all behind me and moving forward with my life in a positive and productive manner,” he continued.
The Manhattan Beach DUI case was one in a number of incidents that have made Stevens and Solo a subject of controversy.
In November 2012, Stevens, who was Solo’s fiance at the time, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting her but was never charged.
Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was arrested on domestic violence charges last year after being accused of assaulting her sister and nephew, and in July issued a public apology to fans.
A judge in Washington state dismissed the two counts of domestic violence against her nearly a week before Stevens’ arrest.
Stevens was drafted by the Seahawks in 2002 and played for the team until 2007. He went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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