Popular American gospel singer James Fortune known for songs such as I Trust You, Holy Is Our God, Praise Break, The Curse Is Broken among many other inspiration tracks has been found guilty of beating his wife.
Fortune the Grammy-nominated singer was arrested and charged with beating his wife and denied at the time that he had done anything wrong.
Added to that he had the support of members of the gospel community as they rallied around him.
This week the recording star pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife accepting a plea deal on Tuesday to a third degree felony charge of assault – family violence.
He has been sentenced by Fort Bend District Judge Maggie Jaramillo to five years of probation plus five days in jail. He must also serve 175 hours of community service, complete a “batterer’s intervention” program and stay away from his wife.
According to police reports James beat his wife with a wooden vanity stool, then he kicked her and threw her against a wall. The brutal incident happened inside the couple’s Texas home in October 2014.
In court, a prosecutor read a victim impact statement form Fortune’s wife in which she wrote, “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.”
James’ wife is expected to file for divorce.