Greenville man avoids jail on domestic violence charge

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina businessman who avoided jail for driving his Maserati into a house, killing a man last year, has avoided jail on a domestic violence charge.

Multiple media outlets reported that John Ludwig was convicted Thursday of criminal domestic violence for an assault last year on his estranged wife.

Magistrate Matt Hawley said Ludwig had the option to avoid a 30-day maximum jail sentence by paying a $1,000 fine, which his attorney says he will do.

The incident with his wife occurred before the April wreck in which Ludwig drove his sports car into a house, killing 62-year-old Bill Bardsley.

Ludwig got probationary sentences following his guilty plea to reckless homicide in that case, as well as to assault for an attack on his wife's lover.

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