San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller on Tuesday pleaded no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace.
On May 4, Miller pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism for allegedly destroying the phone of his then-fiancée. Miller was originally arrested in March on suspicion of spousal abuse following an argument at the Rivermark Hyatt House in Santa Clara on March 5.
Miller has not been participating in the 49ers’ voluntary offseason program due to the ongoing legal matter. The 49ers and Miller decided that he would apart from the team until at least the legal process concluded. Miller remains a member of the team, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s proceedings involving Bruce Miller,” Baalke said. “Bruce knows what we expect of him as a member of this team and he has committed to taking the necessary steps to grow from this experience.”
As part of his sentence Miller must attend a 16-week domestic violence counseling course, which is a standard outcome in a case where the defendant has no prior criminal history and there was no physical injury, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office.
Miller is prohibited from having any contact with the alleged victim before sentencing. He is expected to be sentenced in about six months, after he has completed the program.
Miller could still face discipline under the NFL's policy on personal conduct. A league spokesman told CSNBayArea.com that the matter is under review.
“We are satisfied that Mr. Miller is taking steps to address his underlying anger issues,” prosecutor Tyrone Wilson said in a statement. “He will hear in his mandated class that domestic violence is unacceptable no matter what the degree or circumstance.”
Miller’s girlfriend at the time did not sustain any visible injuries or have any complaint of pain, according to the DA’s office. An independent witness, who was sitting at a nearby bagel shop told police she saw Miller and the woman exit a parking garage on foot as they argued. The witness saw Miller throw the phone, according to the DA’s investigation. The witness allowed the woman to use her phone to call police.