With this plea deal Peterson's return to the field falls into the NFL's lapBy Cody Stoots

Conroe (CBS Houston) – Adrian Peterson has avoided a trial and possible jail time as he has agreed to a plea deal.

Tuesday afternoon Peterson pleaded no contest to the Class A misdemeanor of assault. As part of the agreement Peterson receives two years of probation, the maximum fine of $4,000, and 80 hours of community service.

In addition to the fine and community service, in which half must be completed via public service announcements, he will also be required to attend parenting classes. Adult probation will also conduct parenting assessment with Peterson. The plea also handles Peterson’s alleged failure of a drug test in October. He will be subject to randomized drug testing.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon commented the terms of the plea deal fell in line with what the mother of Peterson’s child desired.

Ligon also said the grand jury knew a deal was possible for Peterson and the “collateral consequences” to Peterson were also on their minds when they first decided to charge him.

Speaking on behalf of the mother of Peterson’s child, who is in Minnesota, Ligon said “this is exactly consistent with what she wanted.”

He went on to say the mother “fought the whole time to keep her child out of this.”

Peterson is now allowed to see and contact his child, something Ligon said the mother desired.

Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin was happy with how the situation played out.

“I think this is a very fair and just resolution to this thing,” Hardin said.

“He’s not only a very good man, he’s a very good father, and he wants to prove that and live his life.”

Hardin said society has always rewarded those who have admitted their mistakes, apologized, and moved forward.

“It should be no different for Adrian Peterson.”

Hardin maintained Peterson has always regretted and hated what happened with the injuries, sentiments Peterson himself echoed.

“I truly regret this incident. I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.  I’m looking forward to, and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child.”

“I’m just glad this is over, I can put this behind me, and me and my family can begin to move forward.”

The court’s dealing with Adrian Peterson is over barring violation of his parole. Making a return to the football field is solely in the hands of the NFL now.

Stoots on Twitter – @Cody_Stoots

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