Home Improvement’s Zachery Ty Bryan Pleads Guilty to Felony Assault

Zachery Ty Bryan‘s latest legal issues earned him jail time after he was arrested for fourth-degree felony assault, third-degree robbery and harassment.

Us Weekly can confirm that Bryan, 42, pleaded guilty to felony assault in the fourth degree constituting domestic violence in court on Wednesday, October 25. The second count was dismissed as part of a negotiated resolution.

Instead of spending 19 to 20 months in Oregon Department of Corrections, the actor will receive a “downward dispositional departure” to 36 months of supervised probation, seven days in jail and he has to abide by a set of conditions typical of domestic violence cases.

“Mr. Bryan pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Assault in the Fourth Degree Constituting Domestic Violence, with a second count being dismissed pursuant to negotiations,” Lane County’s Chief Deputy District Attorney Erik Knapp told Us in a statement. “The sentence includes 36 months of supervised probation with domestic violence conditions of probation including having no contact with the victim without the prior permission of his probation officer, treatment at the direction of his probation officer, and no alcohol or drugs. If Mr. Bryan fails to comply with the terms of probation, he would be subject to a prison sentence of 19-20 months.”

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After the hearing, Bryan’s attorney addressed his client’s plea, telling The Wrap, “He believes this is the manner he could best resolve this to avoid further trauma to his family.”

'Home Improvement' Alum Zachery Ty Bryan Pleads Guilty to Felony Assault

Zachery Ty Bryan
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The Home Improvement alum was arrested in Eugene, Oregon, in July following an alleged physical domestic dispute with a woman. He was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor — assault, robbery and harassment.

Bryan’s legal woes began when he was arrested in October 2020 for allegedly strangling fiancée Johnnie Faye Cartwright. Us confirmed in February 2021 that Bryan agreed to a plea deal in the domestic violence case, which included pleading guilty to menacing and fourth-degree assault.

Bryan received three years of probation, which included attending a violence intervention program called Bridges2Safety. As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to drop six other charges against him, including strangulation and coercion.

He also was ordered by the court not to “buy, possess or consume alcoholic beverages” or be in any place that sells or serves alcohol as a principal purpose. In May 2020, Bryan got booked for a DUI and entered a guilty plea. He was sentenced to five years of probation and 18 months of a multiple-offender alcohol program due to a past record of DUI arrests.

'Home Improvement' Alum Zachery Ty Bryan Pleads Guilty to Felony Assault

Zachery Ty Bryan on ‘Home Improvement.’
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Bryan and Cartwright, 37, stayed together in the aftermath of the arrest and got engaged in November 2021. The former child star, who shares three kids with Cartwright, is also a dad of four kids with ex-wife Carly Matros.

Cartwright, who was not named in the arrest report, issued a statement in August to Us, which read, “I’ll always want what’s best for the father of my children. Trauma can bring struggles in many shapes and forms. It’s a horrible situation that’s going to be spun in so many ways. I’ve learned firsthand the truth will never align with what’s been put out there. I ask everyone to please be respectful of our privacy for the sake of the children and our families so the healing process can begin.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential support.

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