Radio Facts: … to 3 years PROBATION for spousal abuse.Ã‚ Don Cornelius has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery. Court records show Cornelius’ attorney entered the plea on the “Soul Train” creator’s behalf on Wednesday. Cornelius was charged in November with spousal battery, assault with a deadly weapon and dissuading a witness from making a police report, all misdemeanors. The 72-year-old was arrested a month earlier after police were called to his Hollywood Hills home following a report of domestic dispute. Records indicate the other charges were dismissed as part of Cornelius’ plea agreement. He was ordered not to use threats or force against anyone, including his wife Victoria, and must attend a yearlong domestic violence course.