Gervonta Davis Pleads Guilty To Multiple Traffic Charges
Thursday morning in a Baltimore courtroom, multi division world champion Gervonta Davis plead guilty to four charges stemming from his November 2020 car accident that left several people injured.
Now, there’s uncertainty as to whether or not he will have to serve jail time when he is sentenced in May? But, it looks like he will.
ESPN reporter Jameson Hensley was in the courtroom Thursday, as the 28-year-old Davis waved his right to a jury trial and told the court he had agreed with the prosecution to plead guilty to four of his 14 traffic offenses stemming from the accident just over two years ago.
Those charges he’s pleading guilty to are: leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failing to notify a property damage, driving with a revoked license and running a red light.
Davis was involved in the hit and run in the early morning hours of November 5th, 2020, in downtown Baltimore. This was just under a week after he had knocked out Leo Santa Cruz in San Antonio’s Alamodome on a Showtime/PBC pay-per-view.
Davis’ guilty plea is confirmation that it was he that drove a Lamborghini into a 2004 Toyota Solara injuring four people, including a pregnant woman Jyair Smith. Davis reportedly came up to the damaged vehicle making eye contact with the people inside before leaving the scene.
There is also traffic cam video that verifies someone appearing to be Davis exit his vehicle, come up to the damaged vehicle and leave the scene in another car, shortly thereafter. That basically forced Davis’s hand on the guilty plea.
Davis and Baltimore prosecutors had originally reached a plea agreement back in September that would have required him to serve 60 days of unsupervised home confinement. However, Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn rejected that plea agreement on the basis of the testimony of Smith, who told the court that she’s suing Davis because she suffered a serious knee injury that has not only kept her from being able to work, but also hampered her home life, including with her children.
Phinn also told both sides in September that legal precedent for a plea to similar charges in the state of Maryland would require some jail time for the defendant.
Thursday’s court proceedings were presided over by a different circuit court judge, Althea Handy who according to ESPN, told Davis upon announcing his guilty plea that she would sentence him on May 5th, “with no agreement of what penalty will be at sentencing.”
Davis is also set to be arraigned in Fort Lauderdale, Florida next week in connection with a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against the mother of one of his children. Davis has pled not guilty in that case for allegedly hitting the woman during a domestic dispute December 27th with what South Florida authorities described in their report as “a close handed type slap.” The woman has since recanted that Davis struck her, however, the charges remain intact until at least the court proceeding next week in Florida.
All of this obviously complicates the agreement in principle Davis, 28-0, 26 KOs, has to fight a mega-bout with fellow unbeaten, prominent fighter Ryan Garcia, 23-0 19 KOs. Although the bout has not been officially announced, the date is believed to be April 15th at a site in Las Vegas and would be one of the most lucrative, highest profile fights of this year.
Davis last fought and won by TKO over Hector Luis Garcia (no relation to Ryan) back on January 7th in Washington, D.C.