The domestic violence case against former Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was resolved earlier this month.
Taylor signed a plea deal on Dec. 14, pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and battery, according Athens-Clarke County court documents obtained by the Athens-Banner Herald. Taylor was sentenced to 36 months probation, a $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. He will also be required to undergo an anger management program and isn’t allowed to have contact with the victim.
Taylor was originally charged with aggravated felony assault after it was alleged that he repeatedly choked his girlfriend in July 2014 at McWhorter Hall on campus. That charge could’ve carried up to 20 years in prison.
“He would like for it to be resolved and the state I think is making efforts to resolve in it a way we can all live with that doesn’t involve felony convictions,” Taylor’s attorney Kim Stephens said on Dec. 1 following a hearing.
After Taylor was charged, he was kicked off of the Georgia football team. He landed at Alabama, but was kicked off before playing a game after he was again accused of assaulting a different girlfriend. Those charges were later reduced to a misdemeanor, and Taylor took a plea deal.
Taylor ended up playing the 2016 season at Southeastern Louisiana, where he recorded two sacks while dealing with an ankle injury over 11 games.