Dez Bryant reaches plea deal on mom assault charges

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by Rebecca Lopez / WFAA.com

WFAA

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:55 AM

DALLAS — The Dallas County District Attorney's office says it will drop assault charges against Dallas Cowboys player Dez Bryant, but there are two stipulations.

Bryant must agree to attend counseling sessions and stay out of trouble for a year.

This agreement came after the D.A. conducted its own investigation and determined to proceed with the case.

The victim of the alleged assault was Bryant's mother, Angela Bryant, who called 911 in July after she said Dez pulled her hair, slapped her face, pushed her in the chest and struck her repeatedly in the incident at her DeSoto home.

Dez Bryant was arrested on a domestic assault charge. His mother later asked that charges be dropped.

The D.A.'s office said it considered Angela Bryant's affidavit of non-prosecution and the fact that Dez Bryant has no prior convictions.

Last month, sources told News 8 that aside from Dez Bryant's attorney, State Sen. Royce West, the district attorney's staff also talked early on with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about this case.

West issued a news release saying that this incident stemmed from a family dispute, and that Bryant and his mother want to put all this behind them. He said they understand the seriousness of the domestic violence allegation.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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