choked out his gf this time... 'Buffy' actor accused of choking girlfriend pleads guilty Nicholas Brendon won't serve jail time for Saratoga Springs criminal mischief charge UPDATED 11:15 PM EST Dec 05, 2015 A This Sept. 30, 2015, booking photo provided by the Saratoga Springs Police Department shows Nicholas Brendon, who was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 30, after a fight with his girlfriend. Police say the actor known for his role in the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is facing charges of felony third-degree robbery, misdemeanor obstruction of breathing and two criminal mischief counts. Saratoga Springs Police Department via AP SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. —An actor who starred in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief after he was accused of choking his girlfriend in an upstate New York hotel room. The Albany Times Union reports that Nicholas Brendon pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Friday in Saratoga Springs. Police said the 44-year-old Brendon grabbed his girlfriend by the throat, took her keys and tossed her cellphone during a Sept. 30 fight. Prosecutors say he will not serve jail time in the latest case if he completes drug and alcohol counseling and stays out of trouble for one year. Defense attorney Peter Coseo tells the newspaper his client is working to "get his life back together." Brendon played Xander on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He also has appeared on "Criminal Minds."