HOUSTON — Gospel award winning artist James Fortune pleaded guilty in Fort Bend courts Tuesday afternoon for assaulting his wife, Cheryl Fortune.
According to KTRK Local News 2, he avoided prison time by accepting a plea deal sentencing him to five years of probation plus five days in jail. He must also serve 175 hours of community service and complete a program called “batterer’s intervention” and must stay away from his wife.
According to investigative police reports, “Fortune struck his wife with a wooden vanity stool, kicked her and threw her against a wall” in 2014.
During the court ruling, the prosecuting attorney read a victim impact statement from Fortune’s 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.”
Further details of this case can be found here.
If you or someone you know is involved in domestic violence, you are urged to call anonymously a 24-hour statewide domestic violence hot line at 1.800.334.2836.