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Former NFL Running Back Zac Stacy’s Ex Isn’t On Board With Him Serving Prison Time For Attacking Her

Zac Stacy pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal mischief in Orange County, Florida in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious battery charges. His ex, Kristin Evans, came out against the sentence, saying prison isn't "rehabilitative."

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Former New York Jets and St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for two violent attacks against his ex-girlfriend in 2021.

Stacy, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief in Orange County, Florida after striking an agreement with prosecutors that saw more serious battery charges dropped. He will also be subject to one year of probation upon release and has been ordered to have no contact with his victim, according to USA Today.

In the wake of his sentencing, victim Kristin Evans, who shares a son with Stacy, took to Instagram to criticize the decision to send him to prison, according to the New York Post.

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"Jail does not offer resources needed for mental health patients," she wrote on an Instagram reel. "It is not rehabilitative. The jail and prison system is a punishment in an authoritarian society made to oppress. I didn't advocate for jail because of the lack of resources, the lack of rehabilitation, the lack of education for mental health, and the psychological effect it may have on our son, having already developed a relationship with his father."

A police handout of Zac Stacy

Evans asserted that she wasn't "being easy on Zac," but instead was "trying to protect [her] son from any more trauma."

"Our son consistently FaceTimed his dad several times a week, he spends the entire weekend every other weekend and he deserves to have that," she wrote.

Evans went on to say that the situation wasn't "black and white," insisting that Stacy "had changed" and writing that "everyone deserve[s] an opportunity to show that they can be better," especially "with a diagnosable illness and significant head trauma caused by football."

Stacy was arrested on aggravated domestic violence battery and criminal mischief charges in November 2021. Evans filed an application for a restraining order, alleging that Stacy physically assaulted her several times, slapping her, punching her legs and throwing her into a window. After the alleged incident, she provided photos of her cuts and bruises to TMZ.

"[Zac] has escalated violence since May while I was pregnant," she wrote in her application. "He also assaulted me just weeks before our son was born. He will not stop. He will kill me and he feels justified in his actions."

Evans released a now-viral clip on Instagram of another attack that took place in her Florida home on Nov. 13 and was captured by surveillance footage. The video depicts Stacy throwing two punches at Evans, hurling her head-first into a flat screen television and slamming her body into a bay walker, all while Evans begs him to stop and their then-5-month-old son looks on.

In that incident, Evans suffered suffered "a contusion to her face, bruises to her torso, contusion to her left leg, and abrasions to her right leg," according an arrest affidavit reviewed by USA Today.

Stacy fled the state after a warrant was issued for his arrest, evading police for nearly a week before authorities caught up to him at the Orlando National Airport on Nov. 19 as he deplaned from a flight, WESH reported. He posted $10,050 bond to get out of jail.

The former fifth-round draft pick told police that the attack was "staged," and that Evans was "playing victim."

“All she’s trying to do is get money out of it," he said at the time, per body camera footage reviewed by Oxygen.com. "She got a reaction out of me. She knew I was down. She knew I was going through anxiety and depression. She knew I was trying to close this gap that’s between me and my son. She’s just upset that she got caught and she’s upset I’m not taking care of her like she expected — and now she took it this far.”

It is not clear when Stacy is scheduled to begin his prison sentence.