Hope Solo Could Spend Six Months In JailBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - August 12, 2014
Hope Solo was hoping that the fourth-degree domestic violence charges against her would be dropped. Her court date for the charges was originally scheduled for November, but she appeared in court on Monday to request that the case be dismissed.
Solo has been accused of assaulting her nephew and half-sister and if convicted, she could be sentenced to up to six months in jail.
In June Solo was visiting her family when she got into an argument with her nephew and later, her sister. Solo then got violent with them and hit them repeatedly.
According to several sources, Solo’s nephew called 911 for help and said that Solo had attacked him and his mother and was continuing to threaten them. They had talked her into leaving the home once but she returned and started attacking them again.
Solo was still at the home when the police arrived and they witnessed her yelling and screaming at her sister and nephew. The police also noticed that Solo’s sister and nephew both had scratches, red marks and scars on their bodies from the attack.
Solo was arrested and stayed in jail for two days. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and issued an apology to her fans saying,
“I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend.“I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.”
“I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct,” she later added. “I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.”
Solo’s lawyer claims that she was the victim of the crime and has asked that all evidence be excluded from the trial. She will appear in court again in November.
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