Assistant coach at Muscle Shoals pleads guilty to domestic violence


Chris Balentine, 44, entered a guilty plea for domestic violence

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – An assistant football coach and teacher at Muscle Shoals High School has pleaded guilty to a domestic violence assault.

Courthouse officials confirm to WHNT News 19 44-year-old Chris Balentine entered the plea on Thursday. He has been ordered into a pre-trial diversion program for domestic violence offenders.

Authorities say the assault charge stems from an incident on Halloween night in which his wife received a broken nose.

School officials suspended Balentine for five days, which included tonight’s playoff game.

If Balentine completes the diversion program, the case will be dismissed.

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