SAN FRANCISCO, April 24 (UPI) -- Millionaire and CEO Gurbaksh Chalal, who was reportedly filmed beating his girlfriend 117 times, will not go to jail.
Chalal, 31, pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges last week resulting in 3 years of probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training program, and 25 hours of community service.
Chalal was arrested last August after his girlfriend called 911 from his San Francisco penthouse apartment saying she couldn't breathe and Chalal repeatedly threatened to kill her. There is reportedly a 30-minute video that shows Chalal beating his girlfriend 117 times but San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy refused to allow the video to be released to the public or used as evidence. The judge said police illegally seized the surveillance video from the apartment but the prosecution argued the tape would have been erased if police had waited for a warrant.
The disallowing of the video evidence was a crippling blow to the prosecution and then the girlfriend stopped cooperating with prosecutors and refused to testify against Chalal. Even taking these setbacks into account, prosecutors were disappointed with the outcome of the case.
"We disagree with the judge’s suppression of the video. The judge’s ruling substantially weakened the evidence we had for prosecution. Though it is not the outcome we had hoped for, the case has reached a resolution where the defendant acknowledges guilt, is placed on domestic violence probation and has to take domestic violence classes," said Alex Bastian, spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney's office.
Chalal sold his first online ad network Clickagents.com Inc. at 16 to Valueclick.com Inc. for $20.5 million in stock. He then sold his second company BlueLithium Inc. to Yahoo seven years later for $300 million in cash.