LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a judge sentenced a television reporter to five years of formal probation after he pleaded no contest to beating his wife last December.

Carlos Zapata of Sherman Oaks was also ordered to attend domestic violence counseling for a year after entering the plea Tuesday to a felony count of willfully inflicting corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon his spouse.

The charge stems from an accusation that the 51-year-old Zapata threw a flower pot at his wife’s head during an argument on Dec. 3, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

The LADA’s office said the defendant’s wife sustained serious injuries in the incident.

Authorities said Zapata was a local reporter for MundoFox 22.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the incident.

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