Team USA goaltender Hope Solo sentenced to two years in prison

Former American football goalkeeper Hope Solo has been given a two-year suspended sentence after she was found able to drive her car in March.

The 40-year-old athlete who helped the US women’s team win gold at the 2008 Beijing, London 2012 and 2015 World Championships pleaded guilty, noting that she was slowly recovering from alcoholism treatment.

Solo was arrested in March after police found her unconscious while driving in a North Carolina parking lot with two-year-old twins in the car.

Tests showed that the concentration of alcohol in the blood was three times the legal limit, and traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most famous molecule of the cannabis plant, were found in the sample.

Winston-Salem magazine reported that the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office on Monday sentenced Solo to two years’ probation.

The newspaper reported that misdemeanor, child abuse and resisting police charges were dropped.

“I underestimated the destructive role of alcohol in my life,” Solo wrote on Instagram Monday night, adding: “I made a huge mistake. This is without a doubt the worst mistake of my life.”

She pointed out that “it’s been a long road” to their addiction recovery, thanking her friends, family, lawyers and clinic staff where she’s being treated, without explicitly mentioning her conviction.

Source: AFP.

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