Braves star Ozuna agrees to complete diversion program, anger management

ATLANTA — During a court hearing in his domestic violence case, Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna agreed Thursday to enter the state’s pretrial diversion program.

The program allows offenders to complete requirements prior to a court date in exchange for their case being completely dismissed.

Under the agreement, there is a list of conditions that Ozuna must complete within the next six months, including a family violence intervention program.

These are following conditions that Ozuna and his attorneys agreed to:

  • Ozuna reported to pretrial diversion coordinator without 48 hours of court order signed
  • 6 months supervision with diversion program; if all conditions are completed after three months, supervision can terminated.
  • Must complete a 24-week family violence intervention program, anger management course, psychological assessment
  • Must complete 200 hours of community service with organization approved by the diversion program
  • No illegal drug use, no violent contact with victim

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Ozuna is accused of assaulting and strangling his estranged wife inside his Sandy Springs home in May. She told police that she and her husband were having an argument over infidelity before he choked her and threw her against a wall, according to court documents.

He was originally arrested on one felony charge of aggravated assault by strangulation, however prosecutors dropped the felony charge in July.

Ozuna still faced misdemeanor charges of family violence battery and simple assault.

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If Ozuna completes this conditions before his next court date in January, all charges will be dropped, according to the assistant district attorney.