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Ex-Jags WR Justin Blackmon gets suspended sentence in DUI case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation for a year after a district court judge in Oklahoma accepted his guilty plea to DUI on Wednesday afternoon.

Blackmon also was told to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs, according to the District Attorney's Office in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Blackmon initially pled guilty to misdemeanor DUI in April and was scheduled to be sentenced in June, but the hearing was delayed until Wednesday because Blackmon was in the process of completing court-ordered alcohol abuse courses.

Authorities arrested Blackmon at 5:45 a.m. ET on Dec. 19 in Carter County, Oklahoma, after his vehicle was pulled over and he failed field sobriety tests. That was Blackmon's third alcohol-related arrest and fourth arrest overall.

Blackmon was arrested July 23, 2014 when Edmond (Oklahoma) Police Department officers stopped him for a traffic violation and said they could smell marijuana coming from his car. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor marijuana possession, and charge that was later reduced to disorderly conduct for which he had to play a $454 fine.

Blackmon's attorney said Blackmon completed a voluntary drug-rehab program in 2014.

Blackmon also was arrested in Texas in 2010 on a misdemeanor DUI charge (later reduced to underage alcohol possession) after police officers caught him speeding outside of Dallas. He was arrested again in May 2012 -- less than a month after the Jaguars drafted the former Oklahoma State standout with the fifth overall pick -- during a traffic stop in Stillwater, Oklahoma, after a breath test allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit.

That arrest put him in the NFL's substance abuse program.

Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2012, but he failed an offseason drug test and was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season. Blackmon returned for Weeks 5-8 and caught 29 passes for 415 yards and one touchdown before the NFL suspended him indefinitely following his third violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Blackmon must apply for reinstatement and then go through a nearly two-month vetting process before he can get back on the field.

Blackmon remains on the Jaguars' roster and GM Dave Caldwell has said numerous times that the team does not plan to cut Blackmon. Blackmon's spot on the reserve/suspended list means he doesn't count against the roster limit or salary cap, and the Jaguars do not have to pay his salary. His contract paused upon his suspension, so he would have two and a half years left on his deal with the Jaguars if he was to return to the NFL.