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After Plea-Bargain, Jones Appeals

February 8, 2000

DALLAS (AP) _ Jerry Jones’ appeal of a plea-bargain arrangement with prosecutors halts for now the release of a police videotape of the aftermath of the Dallas Cowboys owner’s traffic stop.

The appeal also has put his sentence of six months’ probation and community service on hold.

Jones pleaded no contest last week to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a police officer’s duties, and he was placed on deferred adjudication for six months _ meaning that if his record remains clean for that time period, the charge is removed.

He also must pay a $750 fine and perform 24 hours of community service.

Additionally, the team owner must pay more than $230 in court costs, a clerk for Dallas County Criminal Court-at-Law Judge Ralph Taite has said.

Jones’ lawyers filed an immediate appeal, which at least one official at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building said was unusual in a plea bargain. Defense attorney Jerry Banks did not return a telephone call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Because of the appeal, Jones hasn’t had to register as a probationer in the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. His sentence will remain on hold until the appeals process is exhausted.

On Aug. 29, Highland Park police stopped Jones and his family for allegedly speeding while en route to his grandson’s baptism.

Jones later drove away and was arrested near Highland Park United Methodist Church. He has said he thought the officer had all the necessary information before he left the scene.