Columbus Short can breathe a little easier knowing he'll be avoiding the inside of a prison. The former "Scandal" actor pleaded no contest Thursday to a March 2014 assault against a man at a Los Angeles bar.
Short had been charged with a felony count of assault likely to cause great bodily injury after punching Fenton Hyche III at a bar, rendering him unconscious. Hyche says he also suffered a concussion and a fractured eye socket.
The star had been facing up to four years in prison, but his no contest plea left him with just three years of probation, two months of community labor and an order to take 26 anger management classes.
Short has also been ordered to pay restitution to Hyche. The amount will be determined at a hearing on Oct. 21.