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Actor Lane Garrison Set to be Arraigned Next Week on Misdemeanor Battery Charge

Arraignment was postponed today to next Wednesday for actor Lane Garrison, who is on parole for a drunken driving crash that killed a Beverly Hills High School student and is now facing a misdemeanor battery count for allegedly slapping his ex-girlfriend in the face.

The new charge leveled against the 31-year-old former “Prison Break” cast member carries up to a year in county jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Conceivably, it also could cause his parole, which was to have expired in a week, to be revoked.

Garrison is accused of hitting Ashley Mattingly as they exited an elevator in an apartment building in the 300 block of North Palm Drive on Saturday, said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Marks. Garrison was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and has remained jailed since then.

Garrison was released on parole in April 2009 after serving half of a 40- month prison term for his May 2007 guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving under the influence causing injury, along with a misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to a minor. He also admitted an allegation of having a blood-alcohol level of .15 or higher.

The charges stemmed from the death of 17-year-old Vahagn Setian, who was a passenger in the 2001 Land Rover that Garrison was driving when it struck a tree in the 300 block of South Beverly Drive on Dec. 2, 2006. Two other passengers — both 15-year-old girls — survived. Police said Garrison had a blood-alcohol content of .20 — more than twice the legal limit — at the time of the crash.

Garrison met the teens at a grocery store, bought alcohol for them, followed them to a party and then drove them to another store later to buy more alcohol before crashing into the tree, according to prosecutors.

Garrison’s parole was set to expire in a week. But a judge could decide at a hearing next month that the Mattingly case constituted a parole violation, which could result in jail time in the manslaughter case.

On the Fox drama series “Prison Break,” Garrison played the character Tweener. The Dallas native’s other credits include the films “Crazy” and “Shooter” and an episode of the short-lived 2005 ABC series “Night Stalker.”

Copyright © 2012 City News Service

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