Cain Velasquez was released on bail.
The former UFC heavyweight champion has been in prison since February 28 and has since been denied bail three times. He faces 10 charges but has pleaded not guilty to all of them, including attempted murder; shooting at an occupied motor vehicle or aircraft; three attacks with a firearm; three attacks with a deadly weapon; intentionally discharging a firearm from a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a crime. If found guilty of attempted murder, he faces a minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison, with additional time added on the other charges if found guilty.
Although Velasquez had already been denied bail three times, this time a new judge oversaw the case. Judge Arthur Bocanegra made it clear that he would make his own individual decision and the decision would not be based on Goularte or the emotions of the situation – but rather on the danger posed.
Judge calls Velasquez’s actions “extremely serious”
Despite calling Cain Velasquez’s actions “extremely serious,” he eventually opted to release the former champion on bail.
According to MMAJunkie’s Nolan King, Judge Bocanegra states that he understands the danger Velasquez has shown – but that he views it as an isolated incident. Due to Velasquez’s criminal record (none), his status as a father with children, his absconding risk status (low), and his previously proposed sentences.
Velasquez’s bail is set at $1 million. He must wear GPS tracking, he must also comply with a protective order at 300 meters from the victims in the case.
Cain Velasquez last hit back in 2019, suffering a KO loss to Francis Ngannou before announcing his retirement. The former UFC heavyweight champion has notable wins over Junior dos Santos, twice, Brock Lesnar, Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, Travis Browne and Bigfoot Silva, twice. He went 11-3 in the UFC after starting his UFC career in his third pro fight in 2008.
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