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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Hearns sentenced to nine months of probation

Associated Press

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Former boxing champion Thomas Hearns was sentenced to nine months of probation after pleading no contest to a charge that he assaulted his 13-year-old son.

Hearns entered the plea Wednesday before Oakland County District Judge Shelia Johnson.

Hearns, 47, moved out of his suburban Detroit home after he was ordered not to have any contact with his son when he was charged in the Jan. 1 incident.

Police said they were called to Hearns' home by his wife on a report that Hearns had struck his son. When they arrived, police said they found the teenager with a small cut and a bruise over one of his eyes.

Hearns, who police said pushed his son and struck him once in the face with "an open-handed slap," was arrested without incident.

In addition to probation, Johnson also ordered Hearns to pay $515 in court fees and fines, perform two days of community service, avoid alcohol and unprescribed drugs, undergo parenting and anger management classes, and participate in family counseling.

Hearns had no criminal record before the Jan. 1 incident. He could have received up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Hearns held WBA, WBC, WBU and IBO titles ranging from the welterweight to cruiserweight divisions between 1980 and 1999, and had memorable fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler. He began a comeback in July with an eight-round victory over John Long.