Charges Reduced For Jermaine PhillipsMarch 8th, 2010
Back in January, former Buccaneer linebacker Jermaine Phillips was arrested and charged with felony battery by strangulation.
Apparently his wife got under his skin at their Westchase home during the wee hours; The Tampa Tribune reported she was not seriously injured after the incident.
Just in time for NFL free agency, the State Attorney in Hillsborough County on Tuesday reduced Phillips’ charges to battery and the matter will be resolved in county court, per circuit court records obtained by JoeBucsFan.com.
If Phillips has no previous battery convictions — his record appears clean — the reduced charge is a misdemeanor offense that carries a maximum one-year jail sentence.
In other words, Phillips now sits in the same boat as Aqib Talib, without a cab driver demading a fat cash settlement.
How Phillips’ case proceeds will depend a lot on his current relationship with his wife. Regardless, the reduced charge could open some doors for him on the free agent market.