Gospel Singer James Fortune Pleads Guilty
Grammy-nominated gospel artist, James Fortune, has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife.
Fortune accepted the deal on Tuesday to a third degree felony assault charge. He was sentenced to five days in jail plus five years probation, along with 175 hours of community service. Fortune also must complete a “batterer’s intervention” program and stay away from his wife.
Law enforcement officials say Fortune struck his wife with a wooden vanity stool. He also kicked and threw her against a wall inside of their Stafford home in Oct. 2014.
“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,” Fortune’s wife said in a victim impact statement.
This is the second time Fortune pleaded guilty to hurting a family member. In 2002 he took a plea deal for six years of probation after burning his 4-year-old son in hot water. According to investigators, Fortune said it was a form of discipline.
Fortune’s mother says he is not guilty of the current crime.
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away from his wife.