Kings’ Slava Voynov serving jail time in Seal Beach
After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge earlier this month, Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is spending part of his summer in the Seal Beach Police Detention Center.
The Seal Beach city attorney confirmed Tuesday that Voynov started serving his 90-day sentence in the city’s facility July 7.
The Seal Beach Police Department previously refused to confirm Voynov’s presence, citing longstanding department policy against confirming the names of those in custody. California law requires such information to be made public in most situations.
Voynov’s agent and attorneys had been tight-lipped about his location following a plea bargain earlier this month to resolve the case that stemmed from an alleged altercation with his wife in October.
As part of the deal, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eric C. Taylor allowed Voynov to serve the time at a city jail of his choosing.
To stay at the 30-bed Detention Center in Seal Beach, Voynov must pay $100 per day. Bedding and uniforms are provided. He’s allowed to bring a number of personal items, including an inexpensive watch, five photographs and up to $100 in cash for purchases from the commissary.
The actual amount of time served is expected to be 45 days or less because of good behavior and other reductions.
Voynov must also complete a 52-week domestic violence prevention program and eight hours of community service.
A probation report, filed in court the same day that Voynov pleaded no contest, recounted the alleged incident that started at a Halloween party for the Kings.
“The defendant punched her once on the left side of her jaw,” the report said. “Eventually, they stopped arguing and went back inside the venue. She tried to get assistance from other party goers; however she does not speak fluent English.”
The dispute continued at the couple’s Redondo Beach home where the report said that Voynov repeatedly choked, pushed and kicked her.
“According to the victim, she is scared of the defendant and he is very aggressive when he drinks,” the report said. “She admitted this was not the first time the defendant has struck her.”
Attorneys for the couple have called the incident an accident.
Voynov has been suspended with pay by the NHL since being arrested in October.
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Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed.
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