Justin Hodak, the ex-fiancé of Fuller House actress Jodie Sweetin, has been sentenced to six years and eight months in state prison.
According to E! Online, Hodak appeared in court in Van Nuys, California, where he pleaded “no contest” to charges of possession of a deadly weapon and falsifying evidence by threatening a witness with force or implied force. It was announced on Monday, May 8th, that he was found guilty of both charges.
Learn about Hodak, his personal life, and his legal troubles below.
1. He Was Charged With Possession Of A Deadly Weapon
According to E! Online, Hodak’s charges have resulted not only in a six year sentence, but a five year probation period where he will be required to to enroll in a 52 week domestic violence treatment program with 30 days of his release. He is also required to hand over the deadly weapon which caused his legal woes in the first place, as it has yet to be properly registered.
Hodak is also forbidden from owing any subsequent “dangerous or deadly weapons.” Hodak reportedly took a plea deal in his charges, and his compliance proved beneficial in that the judge tossed out the rest of the felony charges that he was subject to.
2. He Was Engaged to Jodie Sweetin In 2016
Hodak and Sweetin announced their engagement in January 2016 after two years of dating. “We met through mutual friends years ago,” Sweetin told Daily Mail, “and we reconnected a little over two years ago. It’s been really good ever since.” The actress went on to reveal that Hodak is “super excited and he watched Full House growing up, it was something kids our age watched and he really loves it.”
Hodak would even be brought onto the set of the television series reboot Fuller House, where he posted pictures opposite cast members like John Stamos and, of course, Sweetin, who playes Stephanie Turner.
3. Sweetin Broke Off the Engagement
Sweetin eventually called off the engagement in March. A rep for the actress told E! Online: “We can confirm that actress Jodie Sweetin and her fiancé Justin Hodak have ended their relationship. She appreciates everyone’s understanding for their privacy at this time.”
There was no explicit reason given for the separation at the time, though it appears that Sweetin did file for a restraining order against Hodak at this time. Within days of the announcement, Hodak was arrested for violating this order and getting into a heated argument. According to Sweetin, he had been “abusing alochol and marijuana” and that he “escalated the conflict by pulling down a 7-foot bookcase.”
4. He Is A Recovering Meth Addict
Hodak has had a troubled past. In a report from Radar Online, it was revealed that he served nine months in a California prison in 1999 for drug and stolen property charges. After committing a parole violation, he was back behind bars from January to March 2001. Hodak has also had battled an addiction to methamphetamine that he’s reportedly kicked in the past decade.
This is actually how he and Sweetin came to form their brief bond, as she too suffered from past addictions to alcohol, cocaine, and ecstasy– which she discussed in her 2009 memoir UnSweetined. In fact, a source close to the couple claimed that “Jodie says she and Justin are a perfect fit, they lean on each other for support. But Justin’s past is not something she wants to trot out to her pals on the Full House reboot– or to fans of Dancing With The Stars, which the couple appeared on together that same year.
5. He Threatened to Commit Suicide In March
Hodak has had a tumultuous history with the law, as can be inferred by his past addictions. Just this past March, Us magazine reports that he was arrested for threatening to commit suicide. During the investigation, Hodak was found in possession of a firearm, which he wasn’t allowed to have due to a prior felony.
He was arrested once more on March 24th for violating an emergency protective order that was linked to the first arrest, and then a third time three days later for violating Sweedin’s aforementioned restraining order.