The father of the Houston octuplets pleaded no contest Monday to assaulting his mother-in-law and avoided jail in a deal that will remove the charge from his record if he stays out of trouble. Iyke Louis Udobi, 41, and his family did not comment after leaving the courtroom. (Nkem Chukwu was not injured during the fracas, during which prosecutors say Udobi struck his mother-in-law with a chair.) Udobi received two years deferred adjudication, which is similar to probation except the misdemeanor assault can be wiped off Udobi’s record if he stays clean for two years. Udobi was arrested and briefly jailed Sept. 21 for allegedly striking Janet Chukwu, 63, the mother of his wife, Nkem Chukwu. The three still live in the same southwest Houston home.

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