Lane Garrison to remain in jail as arraignment is delayed
An arraignment for actor Lane Garrison, who allegedly hit his ex-girlfriend, has been delayed until next week.
Garrison, 31, the one-time star of the TV show "Prison Break," was charged Thursday with misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting his former girlfriend Saturday in the lobby of her Beverly Hills apartment building.
He remained in L.A. County Jail because the alleged assault may be a potential parole violation.
Judge Elden Fox ordered him to appear at his arraignment rescheduled for Wednesday. Garrison will remain in jail for now.
His parole on a 2007 vehicular manslaughter conviction, which was scheduled to end this month, was extended after the battery arrest, and he could face more time behind bars, state corrections officials said.
Luis Patino, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman, said that Garrison's parole would have ended this Sunday but that because of the arrest, he will not be discharged as scheduled and could remain on parole for another year.
"If he chooses, he can seek a full parole revocation hearing," Patino said. "The maximum sentence for a parole violation in these circumstances is 180 days, but with day-for-day good time credits, that could be 90 actual days in custody."
Prosecutors say Garrison struck Ashley Mattingly as the two were leaving an elevator in an apartment building in the 300 block of North Palm Drive. When witnesses approached the pair, Garrison allegedly ran from the building.
If convicted, he faces up to a year in County Jail and a $2,000 fine.
Garrison's attorney, Harland Braun, has said his client gave a full statement to Beverly Hills police refuting Mattingly's abuse allegations.
The arrest came almost three years after Garrison was released from state prison after serving less than half of a three-year, four-month sentence for a Beverly Hills drunk driving crash in 2006 in which a teenage boy was killed.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lane Garrison in 2007. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press