Joe Mixon reaches plea agreement in assault case

Updated: November 1, 2014
Joe Mixon reaches plea agreement in assault case

Joe Mixon has entered an Alford plea after being charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting a woman, according to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office.

The Cleveland County District Attorney said Mixon entered an Alford plea in the incident. Mixon will have a one-year deferred sentence. Mixon will also have to serve 100 hours of community service as part of the plea deal.

According to the D.A., Mixon will also have to undergo cognitive behavior counseling and pay standard misdemeanor fines.

The OU football player was facing a trial in January for the misdemeanor assault charge.

Mixon was charged after an incident in August at the Pickleman’s at Campus Corner.

Mixon’s attorney released the following statement after the plea deal was reached:

“Today, Joe has made the decision that entering an Alford Plea to the misdemeanor and accepting the short period of probation was the best course of action at this point in his life. Joe does not want to be a further distraction to his family, friends, teammates, and the University of Oklahoma. Joe would like to apologize to everyone affected by this unfortunate chain of events. Joe looks forward to continuing towards his goal of becoming a successful student and athlete at the University of Oklahoma.”

Mixon was suspended from the University of Oklahoma football team for the 2014 season. President David L. Boren released the following statement regarding Thursday’s plea deal:

“The judicial outcome and the video speak for themselves. The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life’s experiences. As we have previously indicated, Joe Mixon will not play for our football team during the 2014 season, including postseason competitions. He will have an opportunity to earn his way back on the team during the spring semester.”