Former Cincinnati Bengals star Rey Maualuga has pleaded guilty to two felony charges in his DUI crash case … but TMZ Sports has learned he was not sentenced to any more time behind bars.
Instead, according to court documents, Maualuga entered into a pre-trial diversion program … meaning if he keeps his nose clean for the next five years, and completes several other conditions, the charges will be dismissed.
It’s a pretty sweet deal for the 35-year-old — considering he was facing up to 10 years behind bars after he had been accused of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes through mailboxes and front yards in a wild accident in Villa Hills, Kentucky on Aug. 11, 2021.
You’ll recall, Maualuga — who was an All-American at USC before playing nine years in the NFL — was charged with felony first-degree wanton endangerment, felony first-degree criminal mischief, and misdemeanor DUI — third offense, after cops say he admitted to drinking “a few” alcoholic beverages before the crash.
Prosecutors tell us Maualuga spent 120 days in jail after his arrest and completed an in-patient substance abuse program … which they said factored into their decision to agree to give Maualuga a pre-trial diversion program after he pleaded guilty to all three charges at a hearing in late March.
In addition to keeping his nose clean, Maualuga must also complete 100 hours of community service, pay some fines and restitution, and submit to random drug testing as part of the program.
Maualuga was one of the better linebackers in the NFL from 2009 to 2017 — compiling more than 600 tackles in his career.
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