Zachery Ty Bryan is set to serve a prison sentence following his guilty plea to a felony assault charge.
Bryan, renowned for his portrayal on Home Improvement, made an appearance in an Oregon court on Wednesday afternoon to address the charges against him, which include fourth-degree felony assault, third-degree robbery, and harassment. These charges stem from his arrest on July 28.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE, Chris Parosa, the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Lane County, confirmed that the former child actor, aged 42, “pled guilty to felony assault in the fourth degree constituting domestic violence” during his court appearance.
According to Parosa, Bryan’s second charge was dismissed as part of a “negotiated resolution.” Instead of potentially serving 19-20 months in jail, he was granted a “downward dispositional departure to 36 months of supervised probation, 7 days jail, standard domestic violence conditions, no contact with the victim without the probation officer’s approval,” as stated by Parosa.
He will also be mandated to seek assistance for his “alcohol/substance abuse issues” and abstain from the consumption of “alcohol or drugs,” according to Parosa.
In the event that the TV personality were to breach any conditions of his agreement, he would be liable to serve the 19-20 months of prison time that the court had initially suspended.
Bryan’s legal counsel, John Kolego from Kolego & Kraushaar, did not reply to PEOPLE‘s request for a statement. In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Kolego stated: “Mr. Bryan decided to accept this resolution and admit that he recklessly caused physical injury to his domestic partner to avoid further trauma to his family so they could move on and heal.”
Back in July, the Eugene Police Department released a statement to PEOPLE concerning Bryan’s arrest.
“At around 6:00 p.m. on July 28, Eugene Police received a report of a physical dispute between a male and adult female at a north Eugene residence,” the statement read. “The dispute was reported to have occurred several hours prior and the suspect, identified as Zachery Ty Bryan, age 41, of Laguna Beach, California, had left the location.”
The statement concluded, “Eugene Police subsequently contacted Bryan in the area. Bryan was lodged at Lane County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree APA (Abuse Prevention Act).”
After the announcement, Johnnie Faye Cartwright, Bryan’s fiancée, expressed her support for him during his continuing legal challenges. The 30-year-old model mentioned that she will “always want what’s best for the father of my children.”
“Trauma can bring struggles in many shapes and forms,” she told Us Weekly at the time. “It’s a horrible situation that’s going to be spun in so many ways. I’ve learned firsthand the truth will never align with what’s been put out there.”
Cartwright, who is a parent to three children with the actor, added, “I ask everyone to please be respectful of our privacy for the sake of the children and our families so the healing process can begin.”
Bryan was discharged from confinement one week later. His attorney conveyed in a statement to PEOPLE at that time: “Presumption of innocence is extremely important and people should withhold judgment until they see what the actual facts are.”
In 2020, Bryan had been formerly accused of a comparable assault charge for allegedly strangling a woman. In 2021, he entered a guilty plea for two misdemeanor counts. Lane County District Attorney Patricia Perlow disclosed at that time, “He was sentenced to 36 months of bench probation, with conditions of probation including the program Bridges2Safety and no contact with the victim as well as the other standard conditions in a domestic violence sentencing.”
The Lane County District Attorney chose to drop additional charges stemming from the 2020 incident, some of which were classified as felonies. The District Attorney stated to PEOPLE, “While Mr. Bryan was charged with additional crimes, including two class C felonies, it is in the interest of closure for the victim and in recognition of the backlog of cases we have due to COVID restrictions that make me believe this resolution is in the interest of justice.”
Bryan acknowledged that his 2020 arrest was related to an altercation with Cartwright in his conversation with The Hollywood Reporter. The former Home Improvement star mentioned that the incident in 2020 had been “blown out of proportion.”
“We didn’t even really get that physical. We got really loud. We were screaming and because we were in a townhome that had [thin walls], everybody could hear,” he said.
Discussing his earlier marriage to Carly Matros, he went on, “Johnnie was, at the time, just really upset about my situation. At the end of the day, [the police] throw a bunch of counts at you because they ultimately want you to plead to something. I could’ve fought it … but that’s more stress and drama. I got two misdemeanors and called it a day.”