Lane Garrison parole to be extended after domestic battery arrest
Actor Lane Garrison's parole on a 2007 vehicular manslaughter conviction, which was scheduled to end this month, has been extended after his arrest on suspicion of domestic battery, and he could face additional time behind bars, state corrections officials said.
Garrison, the one-time star of the TV show "Prison Break," was charged Thursday with misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend in the lobby of her Beverly Hills apartment Saturday.
Garrison, 31, is due in Beverly Hills Superior Court on Friday.
Luis Patino, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman, said Garrison's parole would have ended April 29 but it has already been decided because of the arrest that he will not be discharged as previously 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 exiting an elevator Saturday 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 one 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 investigators refuting the abuse allegations by his ex-girlfriend.
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