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Former Detroit prep football star gets probation for misdemeanor charge of domestic violence

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DETROIT — A former Detroit prep football star who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in connection with an assault on his girlfriend has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Seventeen-year-old Jayru Campbell entered the plea last month to the charge that stemmed from accusations he assaulted the 17-year-old girl Sept. 12 in a stairwell at Cass Technical High School. That's the same day he left jail after serving a sentence for body-slamming a security officer in his school.

PHOTO: Jayru Campbell and his attorney Jeffrey Edison appear during a hearing at 36th District Court in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The former Detroit prep football star, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in connection with an assault on his girlfriend, was sentenced to a year of probation. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MAGS OUT: MANDATORY CREDIT
Jayru Campbell and his attorney Jeffrey Edison appear during a hearing at 36th District Court in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The former Detroit prep football star, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in connection with an assault on his girlfriend, was sentenced to a year of probation. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MAGS OUT: MANDATORY CREDIT

Judge Ruth Carter on Wednesday also ordered that Campbell undergo a psychiatric evaluation, anger management classes and enter a mentoring program run by former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who was in the courtroom.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey Edison told the court that Campbell "knows that he has to change and make better choices and decisions in the future."

Prosecutors say Campbell deserved a strong penalty because he's been given multiple opportunities for change.

Campbell earlier was sentenced to more jail time for violating probation after his conviction for assaulting the guard. He received seven months in jail with credit for 98 days already served. Probation in the domestic violence case is to begin after his jail term ends.

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