- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish sheriff’s authorities say state Sen. Troy Brown has begun serving a 38-hour jail term for domestic abuse battery.

Officials tell WAFB-TV (https://bit.ly/2kaebkm ) that Brown arrived at the parish jail in Donaldsonville at 6 p.m. Friday. He’s scheduled for release Sunday at 8 a.m.

Brown didn’t dispute allegations that he bit his wife during a struggle over a cell phone at the couple’s Geismar home in July. He pleaded “no contest” to the charge.

Brown was fined $300, given 30 days in jail and ordered to give 64 hours of community service and participate in a domestic violence program. All but two days of Brown’s jail time were suspended, with credit for time served, leaving just 38 hours to serve.

Chief Deputy Bobby Webre says Brown will be housed with the jail’s general population.

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Information from: WAFB-TV, https://wafb.com

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