Gospel Singer James Fortune Pleads Guilty to Assaulting His Wife

The singer accepted a plea deal to a third degree felony charge of assault.

On Tuesday, Grammy-nominated singer James Fortune pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and accepted a plea deal to a third degree felony assault charge.

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Investigators say Fortune struck his wife with a wooden vanity stool, kicked her and threw her against a wall one night inside their Safford home in October of 2014, ABC 13 reports.

Fortune’s wife agreed to the plea deal as she didn’t want to put their three children through possibly testifying against their father.

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In a victim impact statement Fortune’s wife wrote, “I hope in all of this you get help. Serious help. Although this probation might be like a slap on the wrist, I hope you look at it as a moment to better yourself and change something within you for your future.”

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This is not Fortune’s first offense in abusing a family member. In 2002 he took a plea deal of six years of probation after burning his four-year-old son in hot water on over 40 percent of his body as a form of “discipline.”

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