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Reuben Foster pleads no contest to weapon charge, legal issues resolved



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Reuben Foster’s last remaining legal charge, possessing an assault weapon, was dismissed after the 49ers linebacker pleaded no contest Wednesday morning.

According to the San Jose Mercury News’ Robert Salonga, Foster will serve 232 hours of community service. He will face two years probation and can not possess a gun or ammunition.

Wednesday’s ruling comes after Foster’s weapons charge was reduced to a misdemeanor on May 23, the same day in which the domestic violence and threats charges were dropped.

During a series of Feb. 11 incidents in Foster’s Los Gatos home, police found a Sig Sauer assault rifle fully loaded on the upstairs bathroom floor. Foster legally bought the weapon in his home state of Alabama, but it is illegal in California.

The gun charge was Foster’s last remaining offense from a dramatic, three-and-a-half month long investigation. On Apr. 12, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office charged him with three felonies, including domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon. If convicted, Foster faced as many as 11 years in prison, according to the DA’s original report.

All three charges have been resolved. On May 25, a separate marijuana possession charge, which Foster obtained in Alabama in January, was also dismissed after he completed a diversion program and paid fines.


The past two weeks has have featured one positive breakthrough after the next for the prized linebacker. He likely faces a suspension from the NFL, however. During the 2017 NFL Combine, Foster tested positive for a diluted urine sample, which the NFL treats as a positive test. His January arrest provided another infraction, meaning a suspension is likely, although the NFL’s inconsistency with governing marijuana cases makes the suspension length difficult to predict.

Foster returned to the 49ers last week and was spotted doing some individual work. On Tuesday, he participated in team drills and continues to work with the team in full capacity.