A former Massachusetts college football player charged with fracturing his girlfriend's skull has pleaded guilty to assault and battery but avoided prison time.

John Perry, a former linebacker at Western New England University, was sentenced this month to a year of probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges. He had faced a more serious charge of aggravated assault for allegedly punching the woman last November during a party at his off-campus house.

The Springfield Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/1HzHkjQ ) reports that the 22-year-old from Marblehead was also ordered to avoid alcohol, stay away from the victim and complete a domestic violence treatment program. He was kicked out of the Springfield school.

Perry's lawyer said the woman was intoxicated and didn't remember what happened, and that Perry wasn't home when she was injured.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/