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Middlebrooks pleads guilty to assault charge

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Former NFL cornerback Willie Middlebrooks pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an alleged fight with a female friend on New Year's Day 2005.

Middlebrooks, 26, was given an 18-month deferred jail sentence and ordered to complete nine months of domestic violence classes,
said district attorney's spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh.

His defense attorney, Harvey Steinberg, did not immediately
return a call.

Middlebrooks played for the Denver Broncos before he was traded in July 2005 to the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco waived him
in December.

A woman had told Arapahoe County authorities that Middlebrooks assaulted her at her home after they had gone out the night before
and quarreled.

Sheriff Grayson Robinson has said the woman was treated for
minor injuries at a hospital.