DENVER (CBS4)– A jury has convicted Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams of a lesser charge in his DUI trial. Williams was convicted of DWAI, Driving While Ability Impaired.

The verdict was announced shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Opening statements began just hours before Wednesday afternoon.

The weakside linebacker is already facing a six-game suspension for failing an offseason drug test. It is unknown whether the conviction for DWAI could result in an even longer suspension.

Williams’ trial was delayed several times, including last fall after he suffered a dislocated right elbow during a game.

In May, just as opening statements were about to begin, his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, won a mistrial after objecting to how jurors were selected.

“I want to win everything, that’s my attitude,” said D.J. Williams’ attorney Steinberg after Wednesday’s conviction.

Williams will be sentenced in six weeks. Before that time he must undergo an alcohol evaluation.

The NFL said of the conviction in a statement, “It will be reviewed under our policies.”


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