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Monday, October 27, 2003
Former NFL receiver gets five years' probation from domestic case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Anthony Carter pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a domestic battery case, and received five years of probation.

The 11-year NFL veteran was arrested in June on charges he beat his wife and pointed a handgun at her head.

Carter was initially charged with domestic battery, assault with a firearm and false imprisonment. However, prosecutors agreed to his pleading guilty to a reduced charge of assault with a deadly weapon, said Mike Edmondson, a state attorney's office spokesman. The other charges were dropped.

Carter was then placed on five years of probation, rather than a more significant penalty, because of a request from his wife.

"The state would have been seeking prison, absent the victim's request," Edmondson said.

Carter must also attend a 26-week domestic battery course and meet monthly with a mental health counselor over the next six months.

Kimberly Carter told deputies her husband struck her in the face and threw her to the ground repeatedly, the arrest report said. She also said he pointed a .45-caliber handgun at her head and wouldn't let her leave their home or call for help.

Carter was arrested in 1998 and 2000 on domestic battery charges. He was placed on probation for one year following the second arrest. In 1988, Carter was arrested in Minneapolis and charged with disorderly conduct after a skirmish with a Vikings teammate outside a nightclub.

Carter, a college football Hall of Famer, set a Michigan career record with 37 touchdowns, and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982. He also played pro football with Detroit.