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James Fortune pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife.

Fortune accepted a plea deal of third degree felony charge of assault – family violence. Tuesday, he was sentenced to five years of probation and five days in jail. He must also serve 175 hours of community service and complete a “batterer’s intervention” program and stay away from his wife of 15 years, Cheryl Fortune.

In October 2014, investigators say Fortune hit his wife with a wooden stool, in addition to kicking and throwing her against a wall.

During Tuesday’s court proceeding, reported that the prosecutor read a statement from Fortune’s wife:

“I hope in all of this you get help. Serious help. Although this probation might be like a slap on the wrist, I hope you look at it as a moment to better yourself and change something within you for your future.”

This is the second time Fortune plead guilty to domestic abuse. In 2002, he settled a case in which he was accused of burning his then 4-year-old son with hot water, damaging over 40 percent of his body.

Watch video of his plea deal.

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