Nicholas Brendon has reached a plea deal in his criminal case for providing false information to obtain prescription drugs, Radar has exclusively learned.
According to court documents we obtained, the 50-year-old Buffy the Vampire Slayer star and Criminal Minds actor filed a guilty plea on Tuesday. His jury trial, which was set to take place last Tuesday, was canceled.
Brendon will appear before Superior Court Judge Sarah Mullican in Terre Haute, Indiana, on April 4 to present his plea and receive his sentence. At that time, Mullican can modify or reject the deal.
In Indiana, the offense of obtaining or attempting to obtain prescription drugs by using a false name is classified as a Level 6 felony – the lowest level of felony in the state – and carries a maximum prison sentence of two-and-a-half years and up to a $10,000 fine.
However, an official at the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office told us that Brendon is expected to receive a one-year suspended prison sentence and one-year probation, during which he is prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs without a valid prescription.
"He also waived his Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights for that period of time," our well-placed informant told us. "So during that period of time, law enforcement can ask you to hop and drop, and you have to do it."
Messages left with Vigo County Prosecutor Terry R. Modesitt, Brendon, his manager and his attorney have not yet been returned.
As we reported, the actor was taken into custody on Aug. 18 by the Terre Haute Police Department after obtaining "legend drugs" using a fake name and/or address.
At the time of his 2021 arrest, he was on probation for allegedly attacking a former girlfriend at a Palm Springs, California, hotel in 2017.
For that incident, he was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and violating active protective orders after he allegedly grabbed and "violently" pulled the woman by the hair.
Brendon posted bail following his arrest and was not formally charged until April of 2019.
In February of 2020, he struck a plea deal with prosecutors, which required that he serve three years on probation and complete a 52-week domestic violence course, in addition to 20 hours of community service. He was also ordered to have zero contact with the woman for three years.
Brendon's original felony charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse was also reduced to misdemeanor domestic battery.