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Dante Fowler Gets Probation In Parking Lot Beatdown Case

3/1/2018 10:01 AM PST

Dante Fowler Gets Probation In Parking Lot Beatdown Case

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Jacksonville Jaguars star Dante Fowler copped a plea in his parking lot beatdown case -- but he ain't going to jail. 

As we previously reported, the 23-year-old was charged with battery, criminal mischief and petty theft -- all misdemeanors -- after he allegedly roughed a dude up in an apartment parking lot in Florida back in July. 

Officials say Fowler got upset with a man after he criticized his driving -- and proceeded to hit the guy, knock off his glasses, stepped on them ... and then grabbed the man's bag of newly purchased liquor and threw it in a nearby lake.

Fowler was facing about a year in jail -- but instead cut a deal in which he pled no contest to all 3 counts and in exchange he got 12 months probation, 75 hours of community service and more than $1,000 in fines. 

He was also ordered to stay away from the victim, according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

Fowler previously apologized for the incident -- telling Jaguars fans, "I'm a better person than that."

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