Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has begun to serve his 90-day sentence, but he’s not in any old prison.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Nathan Fenno, Voynov, who was handed down a 90-day after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse, has spent the past 23 days in the Seal Beach Police Detention Center in Seal Beach, Calif. The detention center, which has 30 beds, costs Voynov $100 per day, and allowed him to bring in personal items including, “an inexpensive watch, five photographs and up to $100 in cash for purchases from the commissary.”
As part of Voynov’s plea deal, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eric C. Taylor allowed the Kings blueliner to choose which prison he would serve his sentence at. He chose Seal Beach and entered the facility on July 7.
Even though the sentence is 90 days, Fenno reported it’s likely that Voynov will not serve more than 45 days and be released on good behavior. Voynov will be on probation for the next three years. Fenno reported Voynov must also participate in a 52-week domestic violence prevention program, as well as serve eight hours of community service.
Voynov’s sentence stems from an October incident involving Voynov’s wife, where she was allegedly choked, pushed and kicked by Voynov following a Halloween party. The altercation between Voynov and his wife allegedly began while at the party.
"The defendant punched her once on the left side of her jaw," said a probation report filed on the day Voynov entered his plea. "Eventually, they stopped arguing and went back inside the venue. She tried to get assistance from other party goers; however she does not speak fluent English."
The NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely, with pay, on Oct. 20. He was suspended from all formal activities with the team, but practiced with the Kings in December, which led to Los Angeles being fined $100,000 by the NHL.
Voynov is still currently under contract with the Kings. He signed a six-year, $25 million deal with Los Angeles in June 2013. Voynov was set to earn $4.2 million with the Kings in 2015-16.