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Less than a month after pleading guilty to assaulting his wife, gospel songwriter James Fortune, who accepted a plea deal that included charges of third-degree felony assault, has turned himself in.

The Grammy-nominated artist reported to a Fort Bend County jail just after 6 pm Monday to begin his brief sentence, reports ABC 13.

In early March, the 37-year-old was sentenced to five years of probation, five days in jail, 175 hours of community service. Additionally, he is required to complete a “batterer’s intervention” program and stay away from his wife Cheryl Fortune.

Investigators say the abusive husband struck his spouse with a wooden stool, threw her against a wall and kicked her at their home in Stafford back in October 2014.

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