UGA’s Sanders Commings sentenced to probation and counseling

ATHENS – Sanders Commings’ legal troubles are officially behind him.

Georgia’s senior cornerback, who was arrested on domestic violence charges in January, had his court case resolved before Athens-Clarke County Judge Charles Auslander in Magistrate Court on Tuesday afternoon. Commings pleaded guilty to simple battery and disorderly conduct, was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $200 plus surcharges, Athens-Clarke County General Solicitor C.R. Chisholm confirmed.

Commings was also ordered to do 40 hours of community service, undergo anger management counseling and a substance abuse evaluation and will be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings. He was also ordered to have no contact with his victim. Commings was granted first-offender treatment so his probation will be waived once he satisfies the orders of the court.

“Commings was not treated any differently than anybody else in his situation,” Chisholm said Wednesday morning. “His sentence was comparable to other domestic violence cases in which there were no previous charges or criminal history.”

Commings, 22, was arrested on Jan. 21 by University of Georgia police and booked into Clarke County Jail on charges of domestic violence/simple battery. Police were waved down by the victim and four witnesses a short time after Commings and his ex-girlfriend had a late-night argument in downtown Athens. Commings was alleged to have struck the young woman as he tried to push her away at the corner of Broad and Jackson streets.

“This was an unfortunate situation between young people who had dated for a long time and we were happy to bring it to resolution and move on,” said attorney Edward Tolley, who represented Commings. “That’s what we did.”

In February, Commings was suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season by head coach Mark Richt. Commings also was punished by the UGA Office of Student Conduct, which placed him six months of student probation, ordered him to do 25 hours of community service, attend an alcohol education class and an anger management class.

Commings started all 14 games for the Bulldogs at cornerback this past season. He had 55 tackles and an interception and led the team with 12 pass break-ups.

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