PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Former television child star Danny Bonaduce agreed to a plea agreement Friday that cuts the jail time he will face in a case involving an attack on a transvesite prostitute.
Bonaduce, 31, had been scheduled to go to trial Monday on charges of robbery, flight from police and assault in connection with a March 31 incident in Phoenix.
As a child actor, Bonaduce portrayed young singer-con-artist Danny Partridge on TV's 'The Partridge Family,' which aired from 1970 to 1974.
In an agreement with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced during a hearing Friday before Judge Joseph Howe, the robbery charge was dropped and Bonaduce pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of endangerment and 'no contest' to misdemeanor assault.
Bonaduce also agreed to pay medical costs, including reconstructive surgery, for his victim, Darius Barney.
He was ordered to return to court Aug. 23 for sentencing.
Barney suffered a broken nose and cuts in the assault that authorities alleged occurred after Bonaduce paid him $20 for a sex act, solicited another and then tried to take back the money when he realized that Barney was not a woman. Bonaduce then sped away in his car, fleeing police who arrested him at his home.
The reduced charges and the change of pleas means Bonaduce will face a maximum jail sentence of one year and 10 months and a maximum fine of $2,500.
Had he been convicted of the original charges, Bonaduce could have been sentenced to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $150,000, attorneys said.
The judge also reminded Bonaduce that his guilty plea could endanger the probation he received in a cocaine possession case in Florida last year.
Bill Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the county attorney's office, declined to comment on the sentence prosecutors would recommend.
Bonaduce's attorney, Richard Gierloff, contended that the offenses merited only a fine and probation.
'This shouldn't be any different that any other 1,200 cases that go through that court every month,' Gierloff said. 'If it was anybody other than Danny, anybody without celebrity, it would be a foregone conclusion that he would be placed on summary probation and pay his fees. That's all that would be happening.'
Gierloff said he would argue that a jail sentence would doom Bonaduce's chances at reviving his career. Publicity about the incident has already cost him his job at a radio station, Gierloff said.
'The only thing a jail sentence will do is totally destroy Danny Bonaduce's career, change him from a powerful community asset to just another destroyed life,' Gierloff said.
Bonaduce, who has an article in the August issue of Esquire magazine entitled, 'My Life As a Has-Been,' is looking at stand-up comedy as a new career direction. He has also done several stints as a guest radio disc jockey, Gierloff said.
'He's not a lost soul,' Gierloff said. 'He's out there struggling to make a go of life. He's still got talent.'