Ex-Vikings receiver A. Carter released from probation

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Anthony Carter has ended his probation two years early, three years after he pleaded guilty to charges related to domestic battery.

Carter pleaded guilty in October 2003 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a case that stemmed from allegations by his wife, Kimberly. Carter was initially charged with domestic battery, assault with a firearm and false imprisonment, but prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge and avoid a felony conviction.

His plea stipulated that he could apply for release from probation after 2½ years. The probation department did not oppose the early termination Tuesday, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

"He never had any problems. There were never any violations,"
Carter's attorney, Mitchell Beers, said Wednesday.

Carter was also 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 fight with a Vikings teammate.

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