Johnny Manziel will not be facing jail time after being charged with domestic assault.
Manziel finalized a plea deal with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office Friday, according to USA Today’s A.J. Perez. The agreement will keep Manziel out of jail on the condition that he undergoes counseling. Prosecutors will also be allowed to monitor his behavior for as much as a year. In exchange, the misdemeanor charge against him would be dropped.
“A conditional dismissal agreement is only the beginning of the process of educating an individual on how to make better choices when facing conflict,” the D.A.’s office said in a statement. “It is an important first step for a defendant. Success or failure will depend on one’s commitment to the treat programs included.”
Manziel could face prosecution and up to a year of jail time if he fails to adhere to the terms of the agreement.
The two sides had the agreement in principle Nov. 17. The judge attorneys two weeks to finalize the details of the deal before a hearing Thursday.
The former Texas A&M quarterback was indicted in April on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge relating to an accusation from his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. Crowley said Manziel kidnapped her, hit her and threatened her life at a hotel in Dallas in January.
According to Crowley’s statement to police, Manziel hit her and ruptured her ear drum. He also allegedly dragged her by the hair to his car before driving her to Fort Worth, Texas, where she lives. After the incident, the court granted Crowley an order of protection.