'Family Ties' actor Bonsall sentenced to probation

** FILE ** Cast members of NBC's "Family Ties," from left: Scott Valentine, Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross, Brian Bonsall, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman and Courteney Cox, celebrate their seventh and final season, in this May 1, 1989 file photo, during a wrap party at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in Los Angeles. Bonsall, who played Andy Keaton in "Family Ties," was arrested Friday, March 30, 2007 on charges of assaulting his girlfriend, police said. (AP Photo/W. Alan Greth)

April 8, 2010 6:08:32 PM PDT
Former "Family Ties" actor Brian Bonsall has been sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to charges connected to a fight with a friend last year in Colorado.

The 28-year-old actor entered his plea Thursday in Boulder to felony menacing and third-degree assault.

Bonsall also pleaded guilty to violating terms of probation stemming from a 2007 assault on his girlfriend and was sentenced to five days in a work-release program and 40 hours of community service.

Bonsall had tested positive for marijuana.

His attorney told a judge Bonsall has substance abuse issues.

Bonsall played the youngest son, Andy Keaton, on "Family Ties," starring Michael J. Fox.


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