The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office says gospel singer James Fortune has entered a guilty plea for felony domestic violence.

Prosecutors say he was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday but it was suspended for five years while he is under the supervision of the court.

Fortune will also have to perform 170 hours of community service according to District Attorney John Healey.

Assistant District Attorney Alex Folet says this is related to Fortune’s assault on his wife back in 2014.

Part of the agreement is to stay away from his wife and he cannot go within within 200 feet of her place of employment, her home or her person.

If Fortune violates these rules the judge in the case has the right to revoke his probation.

Alex Foley is the assistant district attorney who handled the case.

Bio: James Fortune (born November 29, 1978) is a two-time Grammy Award-nominated gospel music recording artist, songwriter and producer. He is also a radio personality on 1190 AM WLIB.


  1. Francine March 8, 2016 4:59 pm 

    He’s human just like everybody else. He did it let him do his time or probation an move on. They are going to make a big deal because he’s a famous gospel singer an he black. We sre not to judge GOD forgives why not you.

    • Anonymous March 8, 2016 7:03 pm 

      Tonja let him beat the hell out of you and then you can see and Feel his wife’s pain!
      Yes God forgives but it is obvious he needs help. He apparently can’t control his anger. I am willing to gamble and say someone abused him. This is a learned behavior. He believes he can handle it. Pride comes before a fall. James I am sure you will read this I am praying for you. The first step to deliverance is admitting there is a problem. Yes you got another break. Get some counseling please! There is some pride in you and some arrogance above the law attitudes. I am sure there are some family members you have have difficulty getting along with. The truth and accountability to people and not just God will help you if you allow it. I will leave with you a quote from a movie LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. ” The next descision you make will effect you for the rest of your life.”

  2. Tonja Carr March 8, 2016 5:12 pm 

    God is able

  3. Anonymous March 8, 2016 6:38 pm 

    Peopel make horrible mistakes. Gospel singer not God. He needs to pay for what he did through the courts. Oh but he will definitely pay…. God doesn’t like ugly!

  4. charles March 8, 2016 10:43 pm 

    Thts my cousin. He been bless to be were he at God give him tht….n he beat the mother of his kids. Sad man

  5. Liv March 9, 2016 4:30 am 

    He was in the news before for abusing his child. It’s clear that he has demons of his own. Wolf in sheep’s clothing. No excuse, and it’s pitiful if anyone tries to make one for this person!

  6. Anonymous March 9, 2016 7:19 am 

    No excuses necessary but prayers are most appropriate. …not judgement because we all if demons addressed and not addressed.

  7. Anonymous March 9, 2016 7:58 am 

    He was a year ahead of me in middle school and high school. He got in my face and wanted to fight me for bumping into him in a crowded hallway. He was much bigger than me back then. He’s always been an arrogant jerk with violent tendencies and always will be. If he wasn’t a gospel singer nobody would be defending him. He’s a coward hiding behind his”faith”. Hopefully there’s a place in Hell where he can be beaten and burned by scalding water.

  8. No name March 9, 2016 8:40 am 

    Wow he’s really a ass so be it

  9. A. Hardy March 9, 2016 11:57 am 

    Mr. James just you know you must ask GOD for forgiveness and move on with your life ask God for strength to help you with this problem he has brought you a long way just trust him always he will make a way he sees your heart Have faith ask your family and Cheryl to forgive you she is a kind loving women she has already forgave you just have faith God will make it better everyone must move on with life do better and make better choices James God loves us all but you must do your part and stay strong to be successful in the rest of your life. Be bless and keep the faith!

  10. Anonymous March 9, 2016 5:35 pm 

    Yes I agree, he was very wrong but the Bible says he without SIn let Him cast the first stone … I’ll wait

  11. Carmen March 9, 2016 5:42 pm 

    He can be forgiven this is true. He needs therapy because he has an abusive nature within, God alone is not enough because God holds us accountable for our own actions. He needs to get help and be a part of the flock because he is not qualified to be a shepherd and that’s not from me, that’s from the good book. Anyone that can hurt a child the way he did has an evil spirit not a good one, that’s just my opinion. If Jeffrey Dahmer got saved before his time on earth was done then anybody can turn from their evil ways and walk the straight and narrow but first thing is to admit the problem and get help for it.

    • Anonymous March 14, 2016 6:17 pm 

      Amen to that

  12. anonymous March 9, 2016 10:17 pm 

    I always knew something was wrong with this man, just from looking at his picture on a poster advertisement. It’s in his eyes. There’s a devil inside of him that needs to be cast out. Real talk-what’s in ya is gonna come out ya. He just needs to repent and crucify his old nature-just like we all have to do in life.

  13. Anonymous March 10, 2016 3:51 pm 

    Cheryl was fully aware of her husband unacceptable behavior. If a man destroyed my son for life, is it normal or okay for me to still be with this man? As being with him would I expect for this relationship to be Godly? Making wrong choices and dicisions will soon lead to disaster. James is very diabolic, only God can deliver him.

    God bless…

  14. Anonymous March 10, 2016 5:58 pm 

    All y’all need Jesus

  15. Trish March 10, 2016 7:03 pm 

    NO……type of abuse is OK. Especially domestic, controlling , mental or physical abuse is NOT OK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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