Connor McGregor Charged with Two Counts of Felony, Could Face 20-Years in Prison If Convicted
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Connor McGregor was arrested today and was charged with two felony counts, after having a scuffle with a fan in Miami, Florida.
According to USA Today, the former UFC Champ allegedly slapped a fan’s phone out of his hand, after the said fan attempted to take a photo of him, when he was outside a Miami Beach nightclub at early morning.
The “Champ Champ” then allegedly stomped the phone multiple times, as per the police report. And after that, he picked the phone he just stomped, then walked away. Sources said that the scuffle between McGregor and the fan was caught on surveillance cameras.
McGregor’s attorney said in an official statement, “Early this morning Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
And though it was described as a “minor altercation,” McGregor was charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief, which when convicted, could make him face up to 20 years in prison.
One Florida attorney said that the charges were a little bit overblown, and said that authorities “loaded him up on the charges when they arrested him.”
He said, “Technically it’s a strong-armed robbery, but in reality it’s more like a battery and a grand theft.” McGregor got out of jail after paying a bond of U.S. $12,500.
However, this is not the first time that the controversial UFC fighter had his first brush-in with the law. Just last April 2018, he faced multiple charges when he attacked a bus full of UFC fighters in Brooklyn, New York. The prosecutors of the case agreed to drop the two felonies, in return to a plea deal that McGregor agreed in to back in July.
He is also currently serving a suspension, due to his scuffle with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team.