49ers Smith pleads no contest to three felonies

Smith has recorded 42.0 sacks through his first 43 NFL games.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony counts of illegal possession of assault weapons and two misdemeanor DUI charges, the National Football Post reports.

Smith is expected to receive word on his sentencing July 25, shortly after the beginning of 49ers training camp. The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of four years and four months, and Smith may face another misdemeanor charge for making a false report of a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport in April.

The 49ers recently picked up the fifth-year option on Smith’s rookie contract, despite the uncertainty surrounding the linebacker as he enters his fourth NFL season. Additionally, Smith may have to serve a multi-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

He took a leave of absence from the 49ers last season to spend time in an in-patient treatment facility to address a substance-abuse issue.