By CHRIS DUNCAN
Associated Press Writer
HOUSTON -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading no contest to assaulting his former girlfriend in February.
Hill, 25, will also have to pay a 500 fine, undergo domestic-violence counseling, make a 100 donation to the Harris County Violence Fund and avoid any contact with the alleged victim, Darlene Luna. The assault charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor before 339th District Criminal Judge Maria Jackson.
Hill, a former star at University of Arizona, was charged with assaulting Luna on Feb. 29 at his apartment in Houston while the former first-round draft pick was playing for the Rockets.
Flanked by attorney Gloria Allred, Luna sobbed on the witness stand and said Hill hit her legs with his fists, then pulled her off a couch and put her in a chokehold from behind. The two had been dating for about a year and a half, Luna said, and the assault came as a shock becaus...