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Davon Durant Receives Probation for Domestic Assault Incident

Arizona State junior linebacker Davon Durant received two years probation Monday after a misdemeanor plea in a domestic violence case brought against him in March.

He previously pleaded guilty on a single count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct after being accused of of hitting his girlfriend during an argument that occurred on March 7, in which Durant’s girlfriend told police he hit her. Durant was suspended indefinitely by Arizona State after his arrest.

More from Jennifer Soules of The Arizona Republic:

Durant pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor of disorderly conduct in May, and the aggravated assault allegations he was facing were dismissed during Monday morning’s sentencing.
The prosecution argued for a harsher sentence on Monday and cited strangulation statistics to prove the severity of Durant’s case. Prosecutor Jaime Balson said the bruising on the victim’s neck was evidence of an attempted strangulation.
Assault victims who have been strangled, particularly those in domestic-violence cases, have a higher chance of later becoming murder victims, Balson said.

Soules reported that Durant’s girlfriend, Kelsi Langley, read a statement in court saying she wanted to put this incident behind her and also stand by Durant in this time. Arizona State will likely decide on Durant’s future with the school¬† later this month.

Durant transferred to Arizona State and was expected to be big part of their defense. He was an outstanding prospect at Butler (Kansas) Community College and was ranked as the No.1 outside linebacker in the junior college ranks according to ESPN.

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