King defenseman Joe Corvo received a two-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty Monday to two counts relating to an attack on a woman last November in Boston, a spokesman for the Suffolk County, Mass., district attorney said.
Corvo pleaded guilty in Boston Municipal Court to a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his foot, and a misdemeanor count of simple assault and battery, said David Procopio, spokesman for Suffolk Dist. Atty. Daniel F. Conley.
At the time of his arrest, Corvo was playing for the Kings' minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
Corvo, 26, must perform an undisclosed number of community service hours in Boston within three years. He also must complete a counseling program, Procopio said.
If Corvo is arrested in the next three years, he would serve at least two years in the Suffolk County Jail, Procopio said.
The prosecution argued that Corvo should serve 18 months in jail, but Judge Michael Coine's ruling called for a suspended sentence.
One other count, indecent assault and battery, was placed on file without a finding.
"Although we did not get the committed time we were seeking, we thought it important he have a guilty disposition on his record," Procopio said.
Corvo's agent, Justin Duberman, declined to comment, and Corvo's attorney, Charles Clifford, could not be reached.
The Kings had little to say Monday about Corvo's case.
"There's been a legal resolution today, and we'll look into the matter once we find out the details of what transpired in court," King spokesman Mike Altieri said.
It is unknown whether Corvo will play Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
The NHL does not have a disciplinary policy for players who plead guilty to a felony, but an NHL spokesman said the league would review the court's decision and take action if officials thought it was necessary.
Corvo was accused of grabbing a female patron's buttocks at a downtown Boston restaurant and lounge about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 13, according to the police report. He was asked to leave the restaurant, but returned a short time later and punched the Boston woman in the face, the report said.
The woman collapsed, and Corvo allegedly kicked her several times before fleeing to a nearby pub. The woman, now 35, was present in the courtroom and gave a statement that detailed the effects the attack has had on her, Procopio said.
Had he been convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Corvo could have faced up to 10 years in state prison.