Mayfield Convicted on Three Counts
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on January 6, 2014 | 7:03 P.M. EST
As part of his plea agreement, Jeremy Mayfield must pay $88,124.41 in restitution. (Photo: Getty Images)
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was convicted Monday of two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of stolen goods in North Carolina Superior Court, according to a release from the district attorney’s office in Catawba County.
Mayfield won’t serve jail time. He was sentenced to 45 days of jail but that was suspended. He received 18 months of unsupervised probation. He must pay $88,124.41 in restitution to victims along with $1,100 in court costs.
The conviction is the result of a plea agreement, according to The Sporting News.
The charges stem from a police raid on Mayfield’s home in Nov. 2011 that turned up methamphetamine and stolen property.
“The convictions today in the State of North Carolina vs. Jeremy Mayfield were based on a number of factors, including conversations with the victims and law enforcement in this case, the unavailability of the State’s key witness due to his death and the likely result should these cases have been presented to a jury without this witness,’’ said District Attorney James C. Gaither Jr. in a statement. “I would like to commend law enforcement on their investigations and feel that this result is in the best interest of justice for our victims and our community.’’
NASCAR indefinitely suspended Mayfield in May 2009 after failing a random drug test. He unsuccessfully fought the suspension in court. He remains suspended. The 44-year-old Mayfield told The Sporting News on Monday that he might like to return to racing.
"I'm not sure what we're going to do now," Mayfield told The Sporting News. "We're going to wake up tomorrow morning and figure that out. ... I'm not sure what I want to do yet. In some way (I want to race). I'm not sure what way yet. I love racing. That is what I love to do and what I'd like to do, I'm just not sure to what extent.''
Mayfield competed 433 NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1993-2009, winning five times.