It probably wasn’t the best birthday ever for Gary Coleman as he pleaded guilty in a Utah court to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to a domestic violence incident last April.
The Different Strokes star, who turned 42 on Monday, was sentenced to 31 1/2 days in jail, but will only serve the time if he fails to complete a domestic violence course and to pay a $595 fine.
Coleman is becoming quite a regular in the Utah court system, as RadarOnline.com previously reported, Coleman was arrested Jan. 24 at his home on a warrant for failing to appear in court. He spent a night in jail before a local businessman and long standing fan paid his $1,725 bail. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com Coleman claimed he missed his court date as he was at hospital undergoing medical treatment. The former child star has suffered a string of health problems – dialysis for an ongoing kidney condition and heart surgery that was complicated by pneumonia last fall – and has struggled to find work.
In December 2008, Coleman pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident in a bowling alley parking lot three months earlier and was ordered to pay a $100 fine. It was alleged that Coleman tried to run over a fan in his truck after the fan refused to pay Coleman for a photo he had taken of the star on his cell phone.
A personal injury lawsuit against Coleman and his wife, Shannon Price, 24, was filed by the fan, Colt Rushton. Coleman settled for an undisclosed amount.