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Chad Kelly enters plea agreement after first-degree trespassing charge, will not face jail time

Posted at 10:49 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 19:33:34-04

The former Broncos backup quarterback accused of entering an Englewood home uninvited has entered a plea agreement and will not face jail time.

Chad Patrick Kelly, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to second-degree trespassing in an enclosed property. He was initially charged with first-degree trespassing, but that charge was dismissed by the district attorney. As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service.

Kelly was arrested on Oct. 23, 2018 and charged with suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing after allegedly standing outside a residence and then entering it, before being chased out by a homeowner.

Englewood police responded to the 3200 block of S. Lincoln Street earlier that same morning after they received a report of a man standing outside a home. According to an arrest affidavit, Kelly entered the home uninvited, sat on a couch next to a woman and started to mumble. The woman called for a man who also lived at the house, and the man chased Kelly out of the home before calling 911 .

Officers searched the area and found Kelly, who matched the homeowner's description of the suspect. He was taken into custody at 1:52 a.m.

The Broncos released the following statement on Oct. 23: "We are disappointed that Chad Kelly was arrested early this morning. Our organization has been in contact with Chad, and we are in the process of gathering more information."

The Broncos waived Kelly the following day.

“This was a decision that we made as an organization,” Denver Broncos President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway said in a statement that day. “After reviewing all the information and in talking with Vance (Joseph) and Joe (Ellis), we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do."

He was formally charged in early November with one felony count of first-degree trespassing two weeks after he was arrested following a Halloween party he attended with former Broncos teammates.

The Broncos drafted Kelly with the final pick of the NFL draft in 2017.