Home Improvement’s Zachery Ty Bryan pleaded guilty to felony assault charges this morning and agreed to attend a substance abuse program as part of a plea that will keep him from an extended jail sentence.
According to Lane County Oregon’s chief deputy district attorney, Chris Parosa, Bryan will undergo treatment for his “alcohol/substance abuse issues.” He also promised a judge that he would stop using “alcohol or drugs,” per PEOPLE.
The treatment is part of a plea deal that will keep Bryan out of prison. The actor will also serve “36 months of supervised probation, seven days jail, and standard domestic violence conditions.” Bryan cannot contact his victim without “the probation officer’s approval.”
Had Zachery Ty Bryan not accepted the plea deal, he could have spent 19 to 20 months in jail.
Zachery Ty Bryan Charged With Assault in the Fourth Degree
The sentencing follows a July 28th domestic violence dispute in Eugene, Oregon.
“At around 6:00 p.m. on July 28, Eugene Police received a report of a physical dispute between a male and adult female at a north Eugene residence,” reads a statement by Eugene P.D. “The dispute was reported to have occurred several hours prior and the suspect, identified as Zachery Ty Bryan, age 41, of Laguna Beach, California, had left the location.”
Officers booked Bryan at Lane County’s Jail on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree APA (Abuse Prevention Act). The act is due to a protection order the victim already had on the actor for another assault.
Bryan spent a week in prison. After his release, his lawyer issued a statement that read “Presumption of innocence is extremely important and people should withhold judgment until they see what the actual facts are.”
Zachery Ty Bryan has made headlines for similar reasons several times after leaving Home Improvement. He faced DUI charges in 2004, 2007, 2017, and 2020.
In 2020, Bryan also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor menacing and fourth-degree assault after a dispute between him and his now-fiancee, model Johnnie Faye Cartwright.
Cartwright issued a statement to US Weekly and expressed her continued devotion to Bryan.
“Trauma can bring struggles in many shapes and forms,” she said. “It’s a horrible situation that’s going to be spun in so many ways. I’ve learned firsthand the truth will never align with what’s been put out there. I ask everyone to please be respectful of our privacy for the sake of the children and our families so the healing process can begin.”
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