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Dante Fowler pleads no contest to charges from July arrest

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was placed on probation, given community service and fined as punishment for his misdemeanor battery arrest last July, according to Pinellas County (Florida) court records.

Fowler pleaded no contest to charges of battery, criminal mischief and petit theft on Thursday and was sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service and was fined $925, according to court records. Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Theodora Komninos also ordered Fowler not to have contact with the victim.

Fowler could be subject to discipline under the NFL's personal-conduct policy.

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department statement, Fowler was arrested July 18 and charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief after he hit a man, knocked off his glasses and stepped on them, and threw the victim's grocery bag into a lake. The statement said the incident began after the victim made a comment about Fowler's driving through the parking lot at a local apartment complex.

That was Fowler's third off-field incident in 17 months. He also was in arrested Miami Beach in March 2016 and charged with assault against a police officer/EMT and resisting arrest without violence. The misdemeanor charges were dropped in December 2016 after he completed a pretrial intervention program.

A month before that, a video surfaced on TMZ.com of Fowler apparently refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and the mother of his child. The NFL investigated the matter, but Fowler was not disciplined by the league and he released a statement apologizing for his actions.

Fowler played in every game for the Jaguars in 2017, recording 21 tackles, a career-high eight sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

TMZ.com first reported the sentencing.