- The Washington Times - Friday, May 21, 2004

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kenyatta Jones has been sentenced to one year’s probation after the Wrentham (Mass.) District Court issued a “continued without a finding” ruling on Jones’ felony assault case.

Jones, who pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, was placed on probation April29, according to his lawyer, Joseph Cataldo. The ruling means the presiding judge neither found Jones guilty nor dismissed the case.

Jones will serve one year’s probation, after which the case will be dismissed provided he is not charged with any other crimes. Two other felony charges of mayhem and assault to maim previously were dropped following Jones’ arrest in October for pouring boiling water on his house guest and administrative assistant, Mark Paul.

Projected to be a starting tackle for the New England Patriots at the time, Jones was released shortly after the incident and signed a two-year, minimum-salary contract with Washington on Nov.24. He was active for only one game with the Redskins, never seeing any action, and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve after tearing a pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

Jones, 25, remains on the Redskins’ offseason roster and is competing for a backup job on the offensive line.

Meanwhile, the Redskins have hired three scouts, including longtime NFL personnel man Jack Bushofsky.

Bushofsky, who spent eight years with the Carolina Panthers as director of player personnel and 11 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as pro personnel director, will serve as a special assistant to personnel with the Redskins. It’s the same advisory role currently held by former NFL defensive coach Foge Fazio.

Washington also has re-hired Joel Patten, who left the Redskins three years ago to accept a position with the Houston Texans, as national scout. Hal Athon, a former member of the Panthers’ scouting department, was hired to serve as an area scout.

Trent Baalke, formerly the Redskins’ national college scout, has been promoted to college scouting coordinator.

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