Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/23/12

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during their game against the San Jose Sharks during their game at HP Pavilion on November 25, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (BUFF'-len) has avoided a trial on drunken boating charges by pleading guilty to careless boating. Byfuglien reached a plea deal on Monday, the day his trial was to start in Minneapolis. Byfuglien was charged last August with boating under the influence and refusing to take a chemical test after an incident on suburban Lake Minnetonka. Careless boating is a misdemeanor, and Byfuglien was sentenced to a year's probation, two days of public service, a $1,000 fine and a day in an alcohol education program. Defense attorney Mitchell Robinson says Byfuglien had a 0.031 blood-alcohol content when tested on the lake, well below Minnesota's limit for driving boats or cars.
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