However, in the middle of all this, Mayfield was arrested for possession of methamphetamine as well as possession of a substantial amount of stolen property found by authorities at his North Carolina home. The charges, filed by three different North Carolina counties, were serious and Mayfield’s future appeared to be, at best, extremely bleak.
Again, Mayfield declared his innocence and began the lengthy and expensive process of defending himself. During the course of the legal proceedings, he said he would consider a plea bargain as long as it didn’t involve any jail time.
Okay, let’s be honest here: we all had a good laugh when we read that quote. With all of those serious charges stacked against him, of course Mayfield was going to jail.
Guess what happened on Monday, January 6th?
A report filed by WBTV, a Charlotte-North Carolina based television station said “former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.”
“Mayfield will serve NO jail time, but will have to pay $88,124.41 in restitution to the victims. $60,000 of that was paid Monday, (December 30th), with the rest being paid Tuesday, (December 31st), officials told WBTV.”
“He will serve a 45-day suspended sentence and 18 months of unsupervised probation. Mayfield’s home in Catawba County was searched in 2011 and items alleged to be stolen were taken by law enforcement as evidence.”
Talk about walking away smelling like a rose.