A Rock Hill High School football standout who rose to notoriety in Canada but was caught with marijuana three months ago will apply for a program that, if completed successfully, will wipe the pot charge off his record.
Jonathan Hefney, 28, did not have to appear for a scheduled jury trial on Monday because his lawyer spoke with a judge last week and requested that his client apply for pre-trial intervention, said Chris Barton, Rock Hill municipal solicitor.
Barton said Hefney’s appearance in court would not be necessary on Monday since his lawyer, Rock Hill attorney Cyrus Hinton, appeared on his behalf.
In May, authorities say Hefney drove a white Ford F-150 along East Main Street in Rock Hill more than 10 miles above the speed limit and had 6.2 grams of marijuana and a grinder in the center console, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
After he was charged, Hefney, a two-time Canadian Football League all-star and defensive back, was released from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a team he played with for the past four years.
In June, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders.
Hefney’s case will be continued until Feb. 11, 2014 – a tentative court date that’s also the time he should be finished with pre-trial intervention, a one-time counseling and education program for first-time offenders.
Enrollees, who are usually accused of committing minor crimes, pay a $300 application fee. Once they’ve completed the program, they pay an additional $250 fine to have the charge cleared from their record.
The program is only offered once.
If an enrollee fails the requirements, their case will be reassessed, the charges filed again and they’ll go to trial.
Efforts to reach Hinton were unsuccessful.
Hefney’s career took off at Rock Hill High School . As a senior, he led the Bearcats to an undefeated season and a state championship in 2002. He played one season at Hargrave Military Academy and eventually played at the University of signed with Tennessee.