Actress Heather Locklear pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor charges stemming from two confrontations with first responders at her California home in 2018.
A judge gave Locklear a 120-day jail sentence but said she would not have to serve time if she completes a 30-day treatment program and follows the terms of a three-year probation.
The star of such TV shows as "Melrose Place, "Dynasty" and "T.J. Hooker" was not in Ventura County Superior Court for the scheduled hearing. Bill Haney, one of her attorneys, entered the plea on her behalf.
Prosecutors had charged Locklear with five misdemeanor counts of battery on a peace officer, two misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer and one misdemeanor count of battery on an emergency medical technician. Each count carried a maximum sentence of one year in Ventura County jail.
She initially pleaded not guilty to the allegations that arose from incidents in February and June of 2018. They occurred at her home in Thousand Oaks, California.
Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders were called to the home regarding disturbances and the actress allegedly became combative.
Locklear’s attorneys declined to comment on the plea after Friday’s hearing. However, in arguments to Judge Ryan Wright about sentencing in the case, Haney said Locklear was suffering from an illness at the time the disturbances were reported and going through a “personal crisis.”
Many people are concerned for Locklear, but she is doing much better now, Haney said, adding that "she’s apologetic to the first responders who were present."
Wright accepted the plea and found Locklear guilty. Wright stayed the 120-day jail sentence he ordered on the condition that she complete a 30-day treatment program and follow the terms of her probation.
If Locklear does not comply with those conditions, she will be taken into custody to start the jail time, Wright said.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Dunlevy argued Locklear should spend 90 days in jail, saying the actress’ reported behavior was “not an isolated incident.”
Dunlevy said he thought Wright’s ruling on Locklear’s sentence was a just outcome in the case. He said the judge was balancing the interests of the victims, the community, and the defendant.
There were six victims alleged in the complaint. Five were Ventura County sheriff’s deputies and one was an emergency medical technician, Dunlevy said. The deputies did not suffer any long-term injuries, Dunlevy said.
But a civil lawsuit brought by the EMT, identified as Jennifer Hayn-Hiton, alleges the single mother of three did suffer permanent injury.
Locklear’s plea change came a week after her attorney Brian Weilbacher informed the court a settlement had been reached in the civil case.
Hayn-Hiton was injured while assisting deputies as they responded to the second disturbance reported at Locklear’s home.
In the February encounter, Locklear was reportedly involved in a disturbance with her boyfriend. During the incident, authorities said, Locklear allegedly threatened to shoot deputies if they returned to her house.
Five of the misdemeanor charges against Locklear stemmed from the February incident.
The other three offenses, including the battery on an EMT, were allegedly committed during the June incident after deputies were called about a disturbance at Locklear’s home. As in February, authorities said she became combative.
Hayn-Hiton, who was employed by ambulance operator American Medical Response, claims in her lawsuit that Locklear assaulted and battered her. She also claimed the actress intentionally inflicted emotional distress. Hayn-Hiton’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
“Defendant Heather Locklear’s conduct was so extreme so as to exceed all bounds of human decency,” according to the civil complaint filed Nov. 1, 2018.
At the actress’s house and during the ambulance ride to Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Locklear “became verbally and physically abusive,” the suit states.
Locklear allegedly struck, kicked and battered Hayn-Hiton, causing serious and permanent injuries that affected her ability to return to work, according to the complaint.
The actress also called Hayn-Hiton vile names and wished her children “would all die of AIDS,” the complaint alleges.
Weilbacher, Locklear’s attorney, filed a response to the lawsuit on May 16 stating that the allegations were “defective and deficient.”
A hearing in the civil case is scheduled for Sept. 17.
This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Heather Locklear pleads no contest in police battery case