Prosecutors agreed to drop a more serious confinement charge.
St. Joseph County Judge Jane Woodward Miller said Thursday she will decide Aug. 21 whether to accept the deal, which recommends a four-year prison sentence.
Miller told the 42-year-old Brown he could face up to six years in prison.
Corwin Brown’s family says his actions last August leading to a seven-hour standoff with police might stem from brain trauma suffered when he was an NFL defensive back.
The hearing was interrupted for 14 minutes after Brown told Miller he didn’t stop his wife from leaving their house.