Boxer Gervonta Davis faces trial in December after the judge dismissed the 2020 plea deal

Boxer Gervonta Davis and his attorney will appear in court on December 12, according to a judge turned down a plea deal in the event of a hit-and-run accident in Baltimore in 2020.

In a Tuesday hearing, Judge Melissa Phinn rejected the deal offered by prosecutors, which included a one-year suspended sentence, two months of house arrest and no jail time. Davis, 27, had already accepted that deal, which wasn’t the first he’d been offered. Prosecutors originally proposed a plea deal that included four months in prison, which Davis rejected in March.

Davis is charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving with a revoked driver’s license and not staying at the scene of the accident. All of these charges are misdemeanors, and each carries a possible one-year prison sentence.

The victim claims Davis ignored her calls for help

The accident happened around 2 a.m. on November 5, 2020. Davis was allegedly driving his 2020 Lamborghini Urus SUV at high speed in downtown Baltimore when he ran a red light and ran into a midsize Toyota. According to a police report obtained from the Baltimore Banner, the car was “destroyed” even though the airbags deployed. Four occupants of the Toyota were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Three of those passengers have settled their civil claims against Davis, but the fourth person, Jyair Smith, has not. Smith was in court Tuesday to protest the plea deal, which she says was insufficient given the fallout from the crime. She was pregnant at the time of the accident and suffered a serious knee injury, among other physical issues, that will seriously affect her for the rest of her life.

Smith also claims that immediately after the accident, Davis knew she was in distress and was trapped in the smoking car, but ignored her cries for help.

“I begged Mr. Gervonta Davis; I looked him in the eye,” Smith said in court over the Baltimore banner. “I said I have to go home to my daughter, I’m pregnant. He never came to help me. He got his things and left.”

Smith’s account of Davis leaving the scene is supported by videos and witnesses, prosecutors say.

Gil Amaral, Smith’s attorney, called the plea deal “not for this case” and said that any deal Davis offered that didn’t include jail time would be unacceptable to Smith.

“I don’t think that’s acceptable either,” Phinn said of the current plea deal. “The court will not accept it.”

Davis, who is 27-0 in his career with 25 knockouts, has hinted at a possible return to the ring in December. With the trial date set for December 12, that return could be up in the air.


Gervonta Davis faces trial in December over a 2020 hit-and-run after a judge rejected his plea deal with prosecutors. (AP Photo/David Swanson)

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