Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rodman Pleads No Contest To Spousal Battery

In this March 21, 2007 file photo, Dennis Rodman poses backstage before the Christian Audigier Fall 2007 fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif. The former NBA star entered a plea of no contest Tuesday, June 24, 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of spousal battery. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery Tuesday and was ordered to undergo counseling and to perform highway or other physical labor.
Two other counts were dismissed under a plea deal, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
Rodman was sentenced to a year of domestic violence counseling, three years of probation and 45 days of graffiti removal or road cleanup work for the California Department of Transportation or a similar program in Florida where he lives, said city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan.
Rodman also was warned not to intimidate or use force against his girlfriend, Gina Peterson.
Defense attorney Paul Meyer said Rodman's sentence does not require him to specifically do road cleanup and he can instead do equivalent physical labor approved by a community service agency in Florida. Meyer said Rodman is receiving counseling.
The 47-year-old Rodman was arrested at a Los Angeles hotel in April after Peterson reported that he struck her during an altercation.

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