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Former 5-Star WR Recruit Sentenced To 1 Year In Jail

A general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Joseph Lewis IV, a member of USC's 2017 recruiting class and former five-star prospect, is heading to jail. The former star wide receiver was arrested in July on a domestic violence charge.

It was Lewis' second arrest in the course of five months. He had been arrested on five misdemeanor charges in February, stemming from a pair of incidents, including false imprisonment and domestic battery without an injury.

Police declined to charge Lewis with a felony for that incident. The July arrest did lead to a felony charge, which he pleaded no contest to.

Now, Joseph Lewis will serve one year in jail after the July incident.

From theLos Angeles Times:

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mildred Escobedo sentenced Lewis to one year in jail, five years of probation and 52 domestic violence prevention classes.

Prosecutors accused Lewis of punching, scratching and strangling his girlfriend in July. The incident occurred less than two weeks after Lewis had been released from jail after serving 21 days for pleading no contest to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery with an injury.

Lewis played as a true freshman for the Trojans last season, catching four passes. His role was expected to expand this season, before his tumultuous off-season cost him his USC career.

It seems very unlikely that he will ever suit up for USC again, and his football career is very much in jeopardy at this point.

[Los Angeles Times]