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Nationals' Jayson Werth to serve 5 days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving

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According to a report by the Washington Post's Justin Jouvenal this afternoon, Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty to recklessly driving his Porsche in an early July incident on the Capital Beltway.

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Before this afternoon, the latest update on Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth's legal troubles related to a reckless driving conviction from this past July, came in early January.

Washington Post Nats beat reporter James Wagner, among others, reported at the time that the 35-year-old Nats' left fielder, who was, "found guilty of misdemeanor reckless driving for a July 6 incident," and sentenced to 10 days in jail, had an appeal hearing set for early February.

"[Werth] was found guilty of misdemeanor reckless driving for a July 6 incident, and Fairfax County General District Court Chief Judge Penney Azcarate sentenced him to 10 days in jail. Werth appealed the ruling."

Werth was reportedly pulled over doing 105 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Capital Beltway on the morning of Sunday, July 6th.

When Werth appeared before the court in early January, the WaPost writer reported that, "... two future dates were set: a discovery hearing on Friday and the jury trial for Feb. 3."

This afternoon, however, Washington Post Fairfax County Justice Reporter Justin Jouvenal tweeted that Werth will spend five days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving:

Jouvenal also sent out a picture of the speeding ticket that was issued on the day of the incident:

Werth, who is entering the fifth year of the seven-year deal he signed with the Nationals in the winter of 2010, recently underwent surgery to clean out the AC joint in his right shoulder.

He told MLB.com's Bill Ladson in a January 10th article that he expected, "... to be fully recovered by Opening Day."

UPDATE: Washington Post writer James Wagner w/ info from Justin Jouvenal, provided the following details on today's report:

"Under the terms of an agreement reached with prosecutors, Werth, 35, admitted to driving his Porsche GT3 RS more than 100 mph on the Beltway in July 2014. In addition to the jail sentence, Werth's Virginia driver's license will be suspended for 30 days...

"Werth will serve his sentence on weekends, so he can continue rehabilitation following shoulder surgery during the week and training for the upcoming season. Circuit Court Judge Randy L. Bellows said such latitude was unusual for someone caught driving more than 100 mph on the Beltway, but ultimately agreed to it."

Update No.2 - 1:40 PM: