Lane Garrison will NOT get locked up for the alleged attack on his ex-GF Ashley Mattingly ... after striking a deal with prosecutors that requires the actor to complete A TON of self-help classes.
We broke the story ... Garrison was arrested last year after allegedly slapping the former Playboy Playmate during an argument at her L.A. apartment building.
Lane was initially arrested for felony domestic violence ... and could have faced serious prison time since he was still on parole for a 2007 manslaughter conviction.
But today, we've learned Garrison reached a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery ... and in exchange, he was sentenced to 36 months of unsupervised probation and was ordered to complete the following: -- 52 AA meetings -- 8 hours of community service -- 52 domestic violence classes
He was also ordered to stay away from Mattingly at all times.
For his part, Garrison denied ever hitting Ashley ... claiming he was simply trying to wrestle his cell phone out of her hand after she snatched it away from him.
Lane Garrison's ex-GF Ashley Mattingly -- whom he allegedly hit in the face during a nuclear argumentlast month -- tells TMZ, the former "Prison Break" actor has a serious problem ... and he needs treatment, stat.
Lane Garrison has just been ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend -- whom he allegedly hit in the face last month during a nuclear argument -- but that shouldn't be a problem ... because he's still stuck in jail.
Lane just appeared in court -- where he was expected to enter a "not guilty" plea to misdemeanor domestic violence -- but the judge postponed the arraignment due to some lingering questions regarding his parole status.
Lane is currently on parole stemming from his 2007 vehicular manslaughter conviction -- and has remained in custody on a parole hold since his April 22nd arrest for allegedly hitting Ashley Mattingly.
Lane's parole was supposed to end last Saturday, but the arrest threw a monkey wrench in the works -- and now, parole board officials are holding him in custody 'til they figure out their next move.
The judge conditionally set bail at $50,000 today -- but Lane can ONLY bail out if the parole hold is lifted first.
Translation: Lane ain't going anywhere ... at least for now. His arraignment has been rescheduled for Friday.
Lane Garrison's girlfriend told him she had been cheating on him during their 8-month relationship, and that may have triggered what appears to be a brutal confrontation later that day.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... according to the police report, the night before the incident, Lane got drunk at the Playboy Mansion, and got thrown out. Lane's girlfriend, Ashley Mattingly, was also at the party and apparently the incident was the final straw for her.
The next day -- last Saturday -- Mattingly texted Garrison that she was breaking up with him and confessed she had been "seeing someone else" while dating him.
According to the police report, later that day, Garrison went to Mattingly's Bev Hills apartment, waited for her and when she arrived he said, "Baby I love you. Come here." They began to argue and according to what Mattingly told cops, Lane grabbed her by her hair from behind, threw her to the ground and began punching and kicking her in the face and head.
The surveillance video (below) -- obtained by TMZ -- only shows one physical incident -- where Lane appears to slap Ashley. But Ashley's account is backed up by 3 witnesses who spoke with cops. According to the police report, one witness said he saw Lane punch Ashley in the face and head. The second witness told cops a similar story.
A third witness -- Stephanie -- told cops she saw Lane bang Mattingly's head on the mirror and then punch her 4 times with closed fists. Stephanie says Lane was screaming, "F**k you bitch. You cheated on me."
Ashley says the day after the incident Lane called her and said he was going to kill himself.
Lane also spoke with cops and claimed he never struck Ashely during their relationship.
We know Lane says he wants to fight it, but when he sees the police report we're guessing he's going to cop a plea. His bigger problem is that he faces a parole revocation for a 2007 manslaughter conviction.
Lane Garrison -- the guy who never fought the manslaughter charge against him in 2007 -- will fight tooth and nail in the domestic violence case that was just filed against him -- because he says he never struck his ex GF.
We've learned Garrison -- who was charged yesterday with misdemeanor domestic violence -- will plead not guilty this AM.
Garrison is accused of striking Ashley Mattingly at her Bev Hills apartment last week. The D.A. believes the surveillance video shows the "Prison Break" actor striking Ashley in the face, but Garrison's lawyer, Harland Braun, says Garrison was merely trying to grab his cell phone which Ashley snatched from him.
And there's this twist -- the judge who will arraign Lane today -- Elden Fox -- is the same judge who handled his manslaughter case. Garrison pled guilty in the death of a high school student who was a passenger in Lane's car and killed when the intoxicated actor slammed into a tree.
8:45 AM PT -- Lane will not enter his plea today. His arraignment has been continued to Monday.
Lane Garrison has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
The L.A. County District Attorney filed the charges, based on surveillance video which appears to show Lane slapping former girlfriend Ashley Mattingly in the face last Saturday at her Beverly Hills apartment.
Lane's lawyer tells TMZ he was merely reaching for his phone and it was not a slap, but apparently the D.A. begs to differ.
Garrison is being held without bail because he's on a parole hold. You'll recall Garrison was convicted of vehicular manslaughter back in 2007 and went to prison.
If convicted of domestic violence, he faces a year in jail, and he could do even more time if his parole is violated.
Lane Garrison's lawyer says his client will not be charged with felony domestic violence for allegedly brutalizing his former girlfriend Saturday night ... at least not immediately.
Harland Braun tells TMZ, he spoke with the D.A. this morning and was told prosecutors don't have sufficient information right now to file a case, but that could change as the investigation continues.
A D.A. official tells us the case is under review and it still could be filed ... and that could happen as early as today.
Braun also tells TMZ ... he is getting in touch with the parole board -- Lane is on parole for a 2007 manslaughter conviction -- to see if the board will take action against the actor. Lane is currently being held on a parole hold in Beverly Hills jail.
Lane's former GF, Ashley Mattingly, claims he brutalized her Saturday night and says the surveillance video-- obtained by TMZ -- proves it. Braun says the video does NOT show Lane striking Ashley ... he was merely reaching for the cell phone she grabbed from him.
Braun says he believes his client was convincing when he spoke with Bev Hills detectives, and that's why no immediate charges have been filed.
The D.A. has requested additional time to investigate the incident before deciding whether or not to file a felony domestic violence charge against Garrison. Garrison is still in custody.
Lane Garrison -- who is sitting in jail after being arrested Sunday for felony domestic violence -- told Beverly Hills detectives Monday he never struck his ex-girlfriend, and he says the surveillance video proves it.
Lane and his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Mattingly, got into a verbal argument that turned physical Saturday night and the surveillance video, obtained by TMZ, shows Lane with what looks like an outstretched, closed fist make contact with Ashley's face.
But Lane told detectives ... what really happened was that Ashley had grabbed his cell phone and the video actually shows him reaching to grab his phone back -- NOT striking her.
Lane says he ended up getting Ashley's cell phone, and that's when she threw his phone against the wall and smashed it. He says when he walked out, he childishly threw her cell phone in retaliation.
When you look at the surveillance video closely, Lane's scenario is plausible.
Our sources also say Lane told detectives there are text messages from Ashley that are incriminating and that's why they were fighting over the cell phone -- she didn't want him disclosing any of the info she sent to him.
Surveillance video shows Lane Garrison slapping Ashley Mattingly square in the face after he waited for her outside her apartment -- a much different story from the one Lane told his attorney after his arrest for domestic violence.
TMZ obtained a copy of the building security camera recordings from Saturday ... and the full video (below) shows the "Prison Break" star sitting outside his ex-gf Ashley's Beverly Hills apartment building until she arrives home. When Ashley drives into the building's garage ... Lane is seen stumbling as he runs after her.
Lane and Ashley are then seen walking into the building together, but clearly arguing as they get into an elevator. Ashley seems to be asking Lane to leave ... but when he refuses, she gets off the elevator -- and then things get physical.
Just outside the elevator -- in the apartment lobby -- Lane is seen grabbing Ashley's arm with his left hand ... and then slapping her face with his right. After a few more seconds of struggling ... Lane runs out of the building.
In the final clip ... Lane is seen chucking what we believe is Ashley's mobile phone into the street, and then stumbling up the front stairs and leaving.
Yesterday, Garrison's attorney Harland Braun said Garrison told him he was in the building to dog sit for a friend, and just happened to run into Ashley in the lobby. Braun says Garrison admitted there was an argument, but claimed he did not harm Ashley.
Garrison was arrested for felony domestic violence -- and has yet to post his $50,000 bail. He is also on a parole hold because of his manslaughter conviction.
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