Ex-Dolphin gets probation in domestic violence case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Miami Dolphins safety Gene Atkins was sentenced to three years' probation as part of a plea deal in connection with charges stemming from a domestic violence call to his home.

Broward Circuit Judge Geoffrey Cohen agreed to withhold adjudication. So, the charges of domestic battery, battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence will not appear on Atkins' record after his probation.

Atkins, 41, could have faced five years in prison if convicted on all 20 of the charges he initially faced.

Atkins was with the Dolphins from 1994 to 1996.

A telephone call made to the office of Atkins' attorney Fred Haddad after hours was not immediately returned.