A Summit County judge has sentenced Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell to seven months in jail following Russell's guilty plea to driving under the influence, careless driving, and possession of an open container. The sentencing stems from Russell's July 2013 arrest after he hit a police vehicle near Breckenridge while driving under the influence. He will also be subject to fines, drug and alcohol testing, and two years of probation.
After his arrest, Russell was suspended by the team but was reinstated in September. He sought rehabilitation treatment in the months following his arrest.
Despite the charges in Summit County, Russell is eligible for work release and will be able to serve his sentence in Arapahoe County.
The Broncos issues this statement following the sentence.
"We are pleased with the commitment Matt Russell has shown to making positive changes in his life since this incident occurred nearly a year ago. In addition to his successful completion of a month-long inpatient treatment program last summer, he has taken full advantage of outpatient counseling resources and passed every substance abuse test administered as part of his reinstatement to this organization.
"We will continue to support Matt as a member of the Denver Broncos and this community."
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