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Just weeks after War Machine was sentence to life behind bars, another UFC veteran was also jailed for similar crimes.
UFC veteran contender Josh Grispi has been sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for charges stemming from a 2015 assault on his wife.
The former UFC fighter was released from the promotion following the incident, and has been held without bail since the event took place.
Grispi, 28, was found guilty on the following criminal counts:
– Seven counts of improper storage of a firearm.
– Five counts of assault and battery.
– Two counts of threatening to commit a crime.
– Eight counts of witness intimidation.
– Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
– Malicious damage to a motor vehicle.
– Attempt to procure perjury.
Bloodyelbow.com’s legal savvy team of writers offered the following breakdown:
In August, 2014 former UFC fighter Josh Grispi (28) was arrested in what one police officer dubbed, “the worst case of domestic abuse I’ve ever seen.” Since then he had been held without bail; initially at Barnstable County jail in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After his trial concluded this week, Grispi was handed a five-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Police from Middleboro County were first called to Grispi’s home on August 1st, 2014 – according to a report in the Hingham Patch. The Taunton Gazette claims this was in response to Grispi’s mother-in-law visiting a police station with images of her daughter which she said showed evidence of domestic abuse. At Grispi’s home police interviewed his wife Kaitlyn and searched the premises. Around the house they found three handguns, two rifles, and an assault rifle, all of which were improperly stored. Grispi was also deemed to be lacking the correct licenses to own the firearms.
For the litany of offenses the District Attorney’s office requested eight to ten years in a state prison. However, the judge dispensed a sentence of five-and-a-half years in prison and five years probation.
Grispi fought in the UFC between 2011 and 2013, losing all of his four bouts within the promotion (versus Dustin Poirier, George Roop, Rani Yahya, and Andy Ogle). His last professional fight occurred at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald in February 2013. Prior to joining the UFC, Grispi had a 14-1 record that included wins over Mark Hominick and Jens Pulver in the WEC.