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Former top USC football recruit Joseph Lewis pleads no contest to felony domestic violence charge

Former top USC football recruit Joseph Lewis pleads no contest to felony domestic violence charge
Joseph Lewis, who caught four passes last season as a freshman for the Trojans, was sentenced to one year in jail on Monday. (Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

Former USC receiver Joseph Lewis IV pleaded no contest to a felony domestic violence charge Monday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mildred Escobedo sentenced Lewis to one year in jail, five years of probation and 52 domestic violence prevention classes.

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Prosecutors accused Lewis of punching, scratching and strangling his girlfriend in July. The incident occurred less than two weeks after Lewis had been released from jail after serving 21 days for pleading no contest to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery with an injury.

Lewis, a five-star recruit from Los Angeles Hawkins High, caught four passes last season for USC as a freshman. He was removed from the team’s roster before spring practice.

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