PLEASANTON -- A former East Bay real estate broker and California body building champ will spend the next three years on probation for attacking a former roommate in a jealous fit last summer, prosecutors said.

William Hogarty, the CEO of a now-defunct mortgage consulting firm, O.F. Lending, had initially been charged with attempted murder in connection to the July 3, 2012 attack at his Livermore home, but last week he pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor assault charge, said Eamon O'Connor, a spokesman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Hogarty, 49, appeared on May 6 at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice where a judge sentenced him to 36 months of probation.

The judge ordered him to appear back in court Aug. 26 for a restitution hearing.

Hogarty was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his former roommate at the home that he and his wife owned. Police say he allegedly choked his roommate and threatened to kill him for speaking to his wife.

The charge was first reduced to aggravated assault, then, last week, was dropped to a misdemeanor.

In April, Hogarty appeared in court and was arrested on 12 counts of real estate fraud, three counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of perjury.

Court documents show Hogarty and co-defendants James Allen Rivera Jr., Gregory Wayne Lomba and James Torpey conspired to defraud people of their property, conspired to commit false advertising and conspired to collect advance fees.

A preliminary hearing on charges of fraud, conspiracy and perjury was slated Tuesday but postponed until June 6.

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