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Floyd Mayweather Jr to take plea deal, clear battery cases

AP, LAS VEGAS

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr could be jailed for up to 18 months after deciding to plead guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges in a deal that resolves felony allegations that he battered his ex-girlfriend, court officials said on Tuesday.

Mayweather, 34, will face US$3,000 in fines and could be sentenced to between two days and 18 months in the Clark County jail after agreeing to plead guilty yesterday to one count of battery domestic violence and two harassment charges, said Tess Driver, an aide to Clark County District Attorney David Roger.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the plea deal on Tuesday.

It also includes an agreement for Mayweather to plead no contest next week to misdemeanor battery and pay a US$1,000 fine for poking a 21-year-old homeowner association security guard in the face during an argument in November last year about parking tickets on vehicles outside the boxer’s home in an exclusive, suburban Las Vegas community.

Mayweather had been facing an evidence hearing yesterday and a decision by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa whether to send him to trial on felony grand larceny, coercion and robbery charges, and misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment counts involving ex-girlfriend Josie Harris.

The felony case stemmed from accusations that Mayweather hit and threatened Harris, stole her cellphone and threatened two of their children during an argument in September last year about the woman dating another man.

Mayweather was acquitted by a Las Vegas judge in October of other misdemeanor harassment charges alleging he threatened the lives of two other homeowner association security guards in another argument about parking tickets.

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