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Source: Rick Diamond / Getty    (Fortune shown with his wife)

On Tuesday Grammy-nominated gospel recording artist, James Fortune accepted a plea deal to a third degree felony charge of assault-family violence.   This follows his statement of pleading guilty to assaulting his wife.

The sentence was handed down by Fort Bend District Judge Maggie Jaramillo who gave Fortune five years of probation plus five days in jail. He must now serve 175 hours of community service, complete a “batterer’s intervention” program and stay away from his wife.

According to Investigators, it is believed that Fortune attacked his wife with a wooden vanity stool, kicked her and threw her against a wall one night inside their Stafford home in October of 2014.  In court, a prosecutor also read a statement from his 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.”

As Fortune walked out of court he had no comment. No word yet on when he will serve or if he has already served his 5 day jail sentence.

May we keep Fortune, his wife and their entire family in prayer during this challenging time.