CNN source: Robert Kraft will reject plea deal offer

Florence Fletcher
March 21, 2019

Emily Smith of the New York Post shared a similar report, saying there was "absolutely no way" Kraft would accept such a deal.

Kraft pled not guilty to the charges, which stem from a widespread prostitution sting that targeted multiple Florida massage parlors, and denied involvement in "any illegal activity" through a spokesperson.

While Kraft is now facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, if he were to have accepted the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges would have been dropped.

The Patriots owner is due back in court on March 28th.

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The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial. No one has accepted the deal as of Tuesday evening.

A notice sign from the Jupiter Building Department is seen on the front door of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on February 22, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. Kraft's attorney Jack Goldberger did not immediately return a call seeking comment. This week, Kraft was offered a deal to have all of his charges dropped. So far, no one in the case has been charged with human trafficking.

Kraft's attorneys filed a joint protective order Wednesday along with the other 24 men being charged in an attempt to prevent the release of investigation evidence including video surveillance footage from inside the day spa. He fined them $250,000, and coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for spying on an opponent's defensive signals in 2007. The letter presses Goodell to ban Kraft from the league if he is found guilty of soliciting sex.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft's then-NFL record $175 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994.

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