Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested last year on Sept. 11 for allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, Kysre Gondrezick in a New York City hotel room. The former Houston Rockets guard was charged with an alleged domestic violence assault. He originally pleaded not guilty to felony assault and strangulation. The Associated Press reported that he reached a plea deal on Tuesday, Jan. 23 that will keep him out of jail.
Porter pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation due to the incident that took place last September. If he completes the court-ordered treatment program and stays out of trouble, there will be no jail time. Porter agreed to enroll in a 26-week Abusive Partner Intervention Program or an equivalent program with a private counselor. There also is a requirement for him to abide by a limited order of protection, keep all slated court dates, and make sure he doesn’t get arrested.
If Porter adheres to the stated requirements, he will be able to withdraw his assault plea in a year and will be sentenced to time served for the non-criminal harassment count. Doing so will clear his criminal record.
The attorneys for the 23-year-old Porter accused prosecutors of presenting false felony allegations as Gondrezick also stated they presented a false narrative of what took place that evening.
“The resolution will allow Mr. Porter to put this incident, which involved false felony allegations and false facts, behind him with no criminal record and move forward,” Porter’s attorneys, Phillip Jobe and Stephanie Kelemen said in a written statement.
ABC 7 reported that the shooting guard was taken into custody by the New York Police Department. Prosecutors stated that Porter attacked Gondrezick at the Millennium Hilton Hotel and left her with a fractured neck vertebra and a deep cut above her right eye.
After the Rockets banned him from the team after the accusation, they traded him to the Oklahoma Thunder on Oct. 17 where the NBA team released him.
Former NBA Player Kevin Porter Jr. Agrees To Plea Deal After Alleged Assault of Former Girlfriend