Charlie Sheen pleads guilty in Aspen wife assault

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ASPEN, COLO. (AP) - Charlie Sheen’s plea deal with prosecutors allowed him to avoid jail time for a Christmas Day assault on his wife and also won’t require him to do public service around the tony resort town of Aspen.

The “Two and a Half Men” actor pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor third-degree assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other more serious charges, including a felony charge of menacing. He was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.

Sheen has 30 days to make arrangements to serve his sentence at Promises Treatment Center in California, though whether he will actually have to report there remains in question.

Sheen’s attorney, Yale Galanter, said the actor has already spent 93 days at Promises this year and the center could choose to credit that time toward his sentence.

“Credit for time served is absolutely on the table,” Galanter said. “How much credit he gets is up to Promises.”

The charges against the actor stemmed from a Christmas Day 2009 dispute with his wife. Brooke Mueller Sheen told police that the actor threatened to kill her and brandished a knife after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Charlie Sheen said they argued but he denied threatening her, and he told police that he was upset by the divorce threat. Sheen previously went through a bitter divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife Denise Richards.

Within a week of Sheen’s arrest, he and Mueller Sheen both said they wanted to reconcile. In February, they hugged in an Aspen courtroom after a judge modified a restraining order that kept them from contacting each other.

Since the incident, both have completed alcohol rehab programs, and Galanter has said they’ve been sober for months.

A previous plea agreement reached in June called for Sheen to plead guilty to the same charge and serve his time at the Pitkin County jail in work release program, where Sheen would be released during the day to work at a theater company in Aspen.

That deal fell apart over whether Sheen could participate in the work release program or serve in a more restrictive useful public service program, where Sheen would be required to abide by jail rules while out in the community.

Sheen’s plea agreement on Monday called for Colorado prosecutors to drop a felony menacing charge and a criminal mischief charge in exchange for pleading guilty to a count of misdemeanor assault.

Galanter, who also represented Mueller Sheen, said she had wanted the charges dropped and approved of the plea deal.

District Attorney Martin Beeson said Sheen has no criminal record in Colorado and allowing him to avoid jail time was not unusual. He also said that the plea carries several long-term consequences that include Sheen not being able to possess firearms.

Asked by 9th Judicial District Judge James Boyd why he was pleading guilty, Sheen replied in court: “Because I’m guilty, your honor.”

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