James Fortune was arrested in Stafford, Texas on October 24, 2014, after an alleged incident of domestic violence. The Fort Bend County Sheriffs Department charged the popular gospel singer with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is suspected of throwing a bar stool at his wife.
James' wife Cheryl Fortune sustained injuries after the incident. She was admitted to the hospital after suffering broken bones, bruising and possible internal trauma. James Fortune was held in custody for a short time before receiving bond. He was released from custody after posting an undisclosed amount.
James Fortune has a history of domestic violence. Over a decade before the incident involving his wife, Fortune was convicted of domestic abuse when he punished his stepson by submerging the boy in scalding hot water. Fortune's stepson was four years old at the time of the incident, and he sustained minor injuries. Fortune pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence. The judge sentenced him to six years of deferred adjudication.
In Texas, assault with a deadly weapon is a felony that carries a minimum sentence of two years up to a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Judges typically impose harsher sentences on those who have a documented history of domestic abuse.