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Jets' Byfuglien pleads guilty to careless boating

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had charges of operating a boat while impaired dropped Monday after he pleaded guilty to careless boating during a court session in Minneapolis.

Byfuglien was sentenced to a year's probation, two days of public service, a $1,000 fine and a day in an alcohol education program.

Byfuglien was arrested in August 2011 on Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka. He was charged with boating while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and refusing a blood or urine sample.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff issued the following statement on behalf of True North Sports & Entertainment in regard to the settlement of the case:

"After allowing the legal process to play out, we are thankful to see this matter resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. As an organization, the Winnipeg Jets are happy this is behind Dustin and he can look forward to the upcoming hockey season, along with the rest of the team and their passionate fan base."

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