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Allegedly threatened wife

Brown pleads innocent to domestic abuse charges

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Posted: Saturday July 10, 1999 12:23 AM

  If convicted, Brown could face as much as a year and a half in county jail, three years' probation and domestic violence counseling. Mark Boesch/Allsport

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown pleaded innocent Friday to misdemeanor charges related to a violent argument with his wife in June.

Brown, a star player who set rushing and scoring records for the Cleveland Browns in the 1960s, faces one count of making terroristic threats and one count of vandalism. Police arrested Brown on June 15 after his wife, Monique Brown, called 911.

Prosecutors charge Brown threatened to kill his wife and broke out the windows of her car with a shovel, said Lara Bloomquist, who supervises the domestic violence unit for the Los Angeles city attorney.

Brown, 63, is scheduled for trial Aug. 17.

Bloomquist said Monique Brown, 25, is on the witness list for the proceedings, but "whether she'll be for the prosecution remains to be seen."

Mrs. Brown has recanted her original accusation, saying this week the case was overblown. Bloomquist said that is not unusual. She said about two-thirds of victims in domestic violence cases her office handles take back their stories.

"There's nothing at all unusual about Ms. Brown's present posture," Bloomquist said.

If convicted, Brown could face as much as a year and a half in county jail, three years' probation and domestic violence counseling.

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