Sheen pleads guilty to misdemeanor
ASPEN, Colorado – Actor Charlie Sheen won’t face jail time as part of a plea agreement Monday that included a guilty plea to misdemeanor assault on his wife in exchange for the dismissal of felony charges of menacing and criminal mischief.
Sheen, 44, also will undergo 36 hours of anger management and 30 days of probation. He has 30 days to enter to enter the Promises Treatment Center in California for a 30-day treatment program.
Less clear, however, is if Sheen will actually have to report to the Promises Treatment Center. That’s because he already spent 93 days there earlier this year, according to attorney Yale Galanter, who represented the victim, Brooke Mueller Sheen.
Sheen’s Aspen attorney, Richie Cummins, said it will be up to the treatment center on whether Sheen must undergo treatment there.
“They will evaluate him and make a determination,” Cummins said.
District Judge James Boyd agreed to allow Sheen into the program in lieu of a 30-day jail sentence. He also gave him credit for time served in anger management courses he took in California earlier this year.
Sheen appeared in court wearing a black suit and purple tie. Moments after entering the Pitkin County District Courtroom, he looked around and said, “What’s happenin’?”
Later, when Judge Boyd asked him why he was pleading guilty, Sheen responded, “Because I’m guilty, your honor.”
After the hearing, Sheen and District Attorney Martin Beeson shared a few words.
“Thank you, Martin. I appreciate it,” Sheen told Beeson.
While Assistant Deputy District Attorney handled the courtroom proceedings on behalf of the prosecution, it was Beeson who called the shots behind the scenes.
Both Beeson and Mordkin said they felt the plea agreement was fair.
“Nobody on their first offense goes to jail for 30 days,” Beeson said. “And I’m hoping he’ll take advantage of the treatment and get the help he needs.”
Sheen’s Christmas Day arrest at a West End home in Aspen was his first Colorado run-in with the law. He was cited for domestic violence in California in 1996.
Beeson said that “Sheen stepped up to the plate. This is a straight guilty plea to a domestic violence crime … He took responsibility for the crime of domestic violence.”
The deal comes the same week Sheen is scheduled to return to work for production of the eighth season of the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” The actor, who was formally charged under his birth name – Carlos Irwin Estevez – is expected to make nearly $2 million per episode.
“We were lucky to be able to work something out to keep production on schedule,” said Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg.
Likewise, Sheen expressed gratitude.
“I’m very grateful to the court and to the people of Pitkin County,” he said in a statement after the hearing. “I look forward to complying with the court’s decision, getting on with my life and putting this behind me.”
Sheen’s disposition was expected to be reached in June. Attorneys on both sides had hatched a plea agreement stipulating that Sheen would spend 30 days in Pitkin County Jail, and perform useful public service at the nearby Theatre Aspen.
But when Sheen, a chain smoker, learned that jail rules prohibited inmates from firing up while performing useful public service, the actor backed out of the deal.
Sheen was arrested Christmas day in Aspen on domestic violence allegations that earlier that morning he held his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen, at knife point at a West End Home and told her You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I’ll kill you. Your mother’s money means nothing. I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done and they won’t leave any trace.”
During the sentencing hearing, Cummins said that “part of the catalyst for what occurred on Dec. 25 was fueled by alcohol.”
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