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Girlfriend admits assaulting Utah Jazz player Al Jefferson

Published: Sunday, July 5 2015 7:15 p.m. MDT

Shirley Lewis pleaded guilty Wednesday to hitting and biting Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson. The charge will be dismissed in a year if she avoids any further violations of the law. (, ) Shirley Lewis pleaded guilty Wednesday to hitting and biting Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson. The charge will be dismissed in a year if she avoids any further violations of the law. (, )

HOLLADAY — The girlfriend of Al Jefferson pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting the Utah Jazz player.

Shirley Lewis, 38, entered a plea in abeyance to assault, a class B misdemeanor. A second class B misdemeanor count of domestic violence in the presence of a child was dismissed in exchange for the woman's plea.

The plea in abeyance means that the charge against Lewis will be dismissed in a year and the guilty plea withdrawn if she avoids any further violations of the law and pays $623 in court fees.

Lewis was arrested Dec. 8 after she called police from the home she shared with Jefferson near 8000 South and Highland Drive. Police determined that it was a domestic violence incident and that Lewis was the aggressor.

Lewis "was in a verbal argument with her live-in boyfriend, Al Jefferson, when she hit him and bit him on the back," according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. It did not appear that alcohol played a factor in the incident, although police were unsure what prompted the argument.

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson speaks to the media on Dec. 9, 2011. Shirley Lewis, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting him at their home in December. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson speaks to the media on Dec. 9, 2011. Shirley Lewis, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting him at their home in December. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Two children, ages 3 and 9, were home at the time of the incident and were "visibly upset," police said. Both Jefferson and Lewis were cooperative with police.

The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jazz center never commented on the case, calling it a "personal matter." It was unclear Wednesday whether the couple is still in a relationship.

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