Chad Johnson Avoids Jail Time in Battery Case Against Evelyn Lozada [Details]

Rucuss staffSeptember 21, 2012

Chad Johnson pled no contest to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in a Miami courtroom Friday morning.

The former NFL player was sentenced to a year of probation after resulting from a plea deal. Florida judge Ian Richards approved the deal that will also have Johnson complete batterers’ intervention counseling, and pay restitution for medical costs, TMZ reports. Johnson will also not be allowed to have contact with his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada for one year via any medium that includes e-mail, text and Twitter.

Johnson head-butted Lozada during a domestic dispute back in August, only 41 days after the two exchanged vows. Prosecutors told the court that Lozada, whose divorce from the six-time Pro Bowl receiver was finalized in a Fort Lauderdale court Wednesday, did not want Johnson to face jail time.

“She did not wish to proceed with the prosecution and certainly did not wish that Mr. Johnson be incarcerated as a result of this incident,” the prosecutor said, via Pro Football Talk.

Johnson’s sentence is typical for this type of case, said Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy, who handled the case for the Broward State Attorney’s Office.


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