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Charlie Sheen Domestic Violence Case: Actor Pleads Not Guilty

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By Kamika Dunlap on March 16, 2010 2:05 PM

In the Charlie Sheen domestic violence case, the actor has pleaded not guilty to one felony and two misdemeanor charges stemming from a Christmas Day domestic dispute.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the actor had hoped to get a plea deal and avoid jail time. Instead, he entered the not guilty plea on charges of menacing, criminal mischief and assault.

Sheen's attorney says he as been in rehab as a "preventative measure" since Feb. 23 and planned to return there after he entered his formal plea.

His wife, Brook Mueller also has been in a rehab center and as of late, outpatient rehab, while living at home with the couple's twin boys.

As previously discussed the couple wanted to patch things up after an altercation in Colorado on Christmas that led Brooke to claim that Sheen put a knife to her throat and threaten to kill her. The star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men," was arrested on Christmas Day and released after posting $8,500 bond.

An order of protection was put in place, to prevent the couple from having contact. But since then a judge modified a protective order.

Child services workers recently paid routine a visit to Charlie Sheen's home, as previously discussed.

In the past, Sheen has had several run-ins with the law including his 1996 arrest and charge for attacking a girlfriend at his Southern California home. He later pleaded no contest and was placed on two years' probation.

Also in 1998, his father turned him in for violating his parole after a cocaine overdose sent him to the hospital.

In this case, Sheen's jury trial is set for to begin July 21.

It is still unknown whether the actor will continue to take part CBS sitcom, "Two and a Half Men."