Victim impact statement from Fortune’s wife, Cheryl: “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.”
James Fortune’s Statement: “I want to make a public apology to my family, friends, and supporters for not being above reproach. Please pray that during this process God continues to perfect and restore me so that I become a better man, Father and Christian. Despite the accusations and media embellishments, I am not a supporter of domestic violence. I do take full responsibility for my participation in the altercation and have been seeking out spiritual and professional guidance to improve my anger management and emotional discipline for over a year now and will continue to do so. Thank you for your continued prayers.” Instagram
According to the ABC 13 News and the Isiah Factor, James Fortune has entered a guilty plea for assaulting his wife Cheryl back in 2014. Investigators say Fortune struck his wife with a wooden vanity stool, kicked her and threw her against a wall one night inside their Stafford home in October of 2014.
Fortune was sentenced to 5 years probation, 5 days in jail and 175 hours of community service. He was also ordered to complete a “batterer’s intervention” program. Terms of his probation include not being able to go within 200 feet of his wife at her job, home or person. If he violates probation he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Fortune’s wife agreed to the plea deal this time because she didn’t want to put their three kids through the stresses of trial and the possibility of testifying against him.
Fortune previously received six years probation for injuring his wife’s son with hot water in 2002.