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Charlie Sheen's 1996 domestic violence incident in L.A. could become factor in new case

Charlie Sheen’s previous domestic violence case more than a decade ago in Los Angeles could become a factor if Colorado prosecutors file charges against the actor over an alleged assault in Aspen last week.

Katie Buckland, executive director of the Women’s Law Center who has handled domestic violence cases for the L.A. city attorney’s office in the past, said the earlier instance of domestic abuse could be critical during both a trial and a sentencing if Sheen is convicted.

“A second offense is always treated more seriously,” she said.

Buckland said a judge would have to decide whether the previous incident should be introduced as evidence or considered at Sheen’s sentencing. Colorado law provides that “evidence of similar transactions” against the same or a different victim may be introduced in domestic violence cases.

Sheen was arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief and released on $8,500 bond, according to Aspen police. In a 911 recording released Monday, a tearful woman who identified herself as Sheen’s wife said her husband had threatened her with a switchblade-type knife.

She feared she was “going to die,” the woman said.

Stan Rosenfield, who represents Sheen, declined to answer any other questions about the actor’s case. Rosenfield issued the following statement after Sheen’s arrest: “Do not be misled by appearance. Appearance and reality can be as different as night and day. It would benefit everyone not to jump to any conclusion.”

Sheen, who stars in the CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men,” pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battery with serious bodily injury for a 1996 incident involving his then-girlfriend, Brittany Ashland.

He was accused of knocking her to the floor, leaving her bloodied and briefly unconscious. He was sentenced to two years' probation with a suspended one-year jail term and 300 hours of community service. At his sentencing, he told a judge: “I feel this is very fair, and I’m grateful .... You will not see me back in this courtroom.”

--Victoria Kim

Listen to full 911 call here.

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what a jerk...should have done like warren Battey screw everyone in hollyweird then get married.He has all his money, no baby mama drama.

what a jerk...should have done like warren Battey screw everyone in hollyweird then get married.He has all his money, no baby mama drama.

............glad his wife was (apparently)okay.......there are only 2 people I find in the movie business as obnoxious and undeserving of the fame,fortune and adulation that industry sometimes bestows upon its' members, and THEIR names begin with Martin and Emilio................

What a jerk.

But that's why you can't just punish someone and expect some things to necessarily change. The couple has said that they are seeking counseling to work it out and that he is going to do anger management as well. That's all we can ask of any couple. They have to learn to "speak" their feelings and foremost "listen" and most people have a very hard time doing that. We can do them a favor and support them, they're not the first, and let them deal with it without the world sticking their noses in their business making it harder for them. They can do it.

The very next day both parties stated that they are going to secure marriage counseling. It has also been reported that she has recanted her story and that she was legally intoxicated at the time. The first offense was almost 14 years ago -heck, even drunk drivers have only a 7 year window. Looks like someone is out to make a name for him/herself with this case to me.

Well, if he was convicted in 96 that certainly would be a relevant issue for the court during the trial and penalty phase...

I have an idea...stop gangster slapping your wife...and if shes provoking it, get rid of her before it comes to this...

Jail time, monetary loss, supervised child visits...Not Worth It...

Are the authorities waiting for Sheen to kill someone like OJ? In all of his relationships, domestic violence has been an issue. I urge viewers to contact CBS where his show is produced to cancel this show. Charlie Sheen is getting a pass compared to say....hmmm....Tiger Woods. I don't recall Tiger threatening his wife or any of his mistresses.


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