Errol Spence Jr is now a new man with a new lease on life.
On Monday, the Dallas County District Attorney’s office confirmed welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr had entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor DWI charge. Spence lost control of his Ferrari in the early hours of October 10, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, resulting in a total loss of the luxury vehicle and a single charge.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Errol Spence Jr accepted a plea deal that reduced his prison sentence to three days (including credit for time already served) and required him to pay $3,400 in court fees.
Errol Spence Jr was hospitalized for six days at Methodist Dallas Medical Center after sustaining multiple injuries that required intensive care. After his release, Spence faced a single DWI charge, which was reduced to a Class B misdemeanor because it was his first offense and his BAC was below the threshold of 0.15.
According to a report from the Dallas Police Department, no further charges would be brought. Since there were no other victims or vehicles involved, authorities also chose not to seek a warrant for the car’s black box to determine his speed at the time of the crash.
After unifying the WBC and IBF welterweight titles against Shawn Porter in September 2019, Spence was sidelined for more than 14 months due to the crash, his injury recovery, and the pandemic. In December of 2020, the southpaw from Texas made a successful comeback with a twelve-round points victory over former two-division titlist Danny Garcia.
Spence, now 32 years old, has been vocal about his gratitude for his newfound appreciation of life and the realization of how much he previously took for granted. This was reflected in his plea hearing earlier this month before the Dallas County DA.
“As I recovered, I thought of how much I could have lost and how blessed I was to have a second chance at life,” Spence noted in a statement. “I also know with this platform I can spread a very powerful message. Don’t drink and drive. Not one drink. It’s not worth it.”