Chael Sonnen has had two misdemeanor battery counts pushed aside in his ongoing criminal struggle associated with an alleged attack in Las Vegas this previous December.
The Las Vegas Assessment-Magazine reported Wednesday that Sonnen now faces 4 misdemeanor battery counts, down from six after Las Vegas Justice Professional Tem Craig Friedberg pushed aside two of the counts at a court docket listening to on Wednesday. Sonnen was once no longer in attendance for the listening to. MMA Combating showed the decreased fees by way of the court docket’s on-line case docket.
The previous UFC and Bellator fighter is accused of attacking more than one other folks at a 4 Seasons resort, together with Dr. Christopher Stellpflug and Julie Stellpflug. On March 14, prosecutors charged Sonnen with a prison depend of battery by means of strangulation and 10 misdemeanor counts of battery, however the prison fee was once dropped and the misdemeanor counts decreased to 6 after prosecutors filed an amended felony grievance on March 29.
The Stellpflugs have additionally filed their very own lawsuit towards Sonnen. The couple seeks damages in far more than $15,000 for battery and intentional infliction of emotional misery. The couple accused Sonnen of attacking them with out provocation on the Las Vegas resort on Dec. 18, 2021, with Sonnen allegedly punching each Stellpflugs, choking Christopher, and hanging others who tried to interfere within the altercation.
Sonnen was once no longer arrested on Dec. 18, and all fees had been to start with pushed aside with out prejudice in a Las Vegas court docket on Jan. 27, which intended the case may just probably be re-filed at a later date.
In line with the The Las Vegas Assessment-Magazine, Protection lawyer David Figler tried to have all fees towards Sonnen pushed aside on Wednesday, mentioning in a proper movement the prosecution’s incapability to procure statements the Stellpflugs made to the media following the alleged incident. Figler sought statements wherein the Stellpflugs stated Sonnen was once “uttering gibberish” at the night time of Dec. 18, a declare that Figler sees as really useful to his shopper’s case.
“[Christopher Stellpflug] has given some statements which were broadcast regarding Mr. Sonnen’s psychological state … and in addition claimed accidents and motivations unsupported by means of different proof,” Figler wrote within the movement.
“It’s transparent that if Mr. Sonnen may just no longer shape the needful intent to dedicate a willful and illegal battery that he could be exonerated of all fees.”
Leader Deputy District Lawyer Jake Merback countered within the submitting that “there is not any explanation why to imagine that the statements made to the media could be inconsistent with the Stellpflug’s prior statements.” Then again, Merback allowed for the costs associated with the alleged accidents to be pushed aside within the tournament the pass judgement on disagreed together with his argument.
Julie Stellpflug informed The Las Vegas Assessment-Magazine that her and her husband had been “disgusted” with the verdict and that their testimony in regards to the night time of Dec. 18 hasn’t modified all through the method.
“We simply need justice,” Stellpflug stated. “We didn’t deserve what took place to us.”
“The whole thing has remained constant,” she added. “There’s not anything other.”