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Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has reportedly rejected an offer from Florida prosecutors to admit guilt in exchange for having the charges dropped in his Florida prostitution case. Kraft is charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution, and an “ally” tells the Boston Globe that admitting he would’ve been found guilty in court is a “non-starter”, even if the charges are erased from his record.

According to the Globe report, Kraft believes the offer is an overreach from Palm Beach state attorney Dave Aronberg’s office. Such a deal typically only requires the defendant to admit that prosecutors would “have enough evidence to possibly convince a jury they are guilty”. In Kraft’s case, he’s being asked to admit guilt with no ambiguity, something his confidants reportedly believe he will never do.

Negotiations will continue in the case, which involves Kraft and 24 other men facing charges stemming from alleged visits to the now-shuttered Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla. Authorities have claimed the existence of video evidence from the start, the content of which was described in publicly released affidavits detailing Kraft’s alleged transgressions.

Solicitation is considered a first-degree misdemeanor for Kraft, who allegedly made two separate transactions at Orchids of Asia. If found guilty, the maximum penalty would be up to a year in jail, a $5,000 fine, 100 mandatory hours of community service, and a class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking.

Kraft recently entered a not guilty plea as a procedural measure. He’s hired a trio of powerful lawyers to handle his case. And it appears that his team is ready to continue fighting the case without ever admitting guilt, even if it’s hypothetical as part of a plea deal.

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