Former New York 1 political anchor Dominic Carter, facing prison time for a misdemeanor attempted assault conviction, said he's trying to rebuild his marriage and change for the better, acknowledging that he put his family second to his career.
"Sometimes I cry a lot, but I try not to do it around my kids ... I've had time to reflect on my life -- and on how I dropped the ball as a man,'' Carter told The New York Post.
Carter was convicted in November of an attempted assault on his wife. He faces up to three months in prison at his sentencing on Jan. 14.
Carter told the Post that the October 2008 fight started over medical care for the couple's epileptic son. A doctor had said to stop giving the boy a seizure medication. Carter didn't want the prescription to stop, and his wife, Marilyn, told the Post she viewed this as interference from a workaholic who was rarely home.
Carter declined to talk about what happened that day, saying he was appealing his conviction verdict.
On that day, Marilyn Carter had called 911 from their home in Pomona and claimed he hit her. Photos presented at trial a few months ago showed the 52-year-old woman's swollen lip, cut ear and bruised arm and leg.
His wife acknowledged on the witness stand that she made the 911 call, but said the real assailant was a day laborer whose name she couldn't remember. She said she told police her husband had beat her because she was angry about an argument. The judge did not believe her changed account.
Carter was the political anchor on NY1 until the station learned of the accusation.
He told the Post that he couldn't handle watching television on election night.
"I watched for about five minutes on NY1, and then I turned it off an went to sleep. It was a little too painful,'' he said.
He hoped that he would someday be able to return to on-air work.
"If I have to move away and start over, then maybe it was meant to be,'' he told the Post. "I'm hoping to resume my career, but in what capacity that is, I still have no idea.''