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Blog: Commings’ legal case resolved

Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings pleaded guilty Tuesday in State Court in Athens on  misdemeanor charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct stemming from a January arrest.

He received 12 months probation and was fined $200 plus surcharges, according to a court clerk. His case was heard by Judge Charles Auslander. Commings had an arraignment scheduled for Thursday. He pleaded as a first-time offender.

Commings, who was represented byAthens attorney Ed Tolley, also must serve 40 hours of community service, undergo substance abuse and anger management counseling.

Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General C.R. Chisholm said last week that the maximum jail time for simple battery is 12 months, but that most simple battery cases do not result in jail time.

The 22-year old senior was suspended last month by coach Mark Richt for two games.  He started every game last season and was tied for fourth on the team with 55 tackles.

He was arrested on the morning of Jan. 21 on a charge of domestic violence/simple battery after police said Commings hit a woman in downtown Athens who had lived with Commings.

The woman was a passenger in a vehicle that later stopped beside a patrol car because the driver was trying to get the attention of police. The driver told police that one of the passengers, who was in the backseat, was just involved in a domestic incident.

Commings reached an informal resolution with the university’s Office of Student Conduct, admitting to violating university conduct regulations by engaging in “physical abuse, physical intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatened or endangered the health of safety of another person.”

He’s on university probation until Aug. 17, must complete an anger management program, complete an alcohol/drug education program and perform 25 hours of community service.

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