Cain Velasquez has been dealing with a legal nightmare for the last 8 months. Velasquez allegedly ran a car off the road and shot into it, injuring one person in process.
Velasquez was repeatedly denied bail.
Since February 28, the former UFC heavyweight champion has been detained and had three bail requests rejected.
He is charged with ten crimes, including attempted murder, shooting at a motor vehicle or aircraft, three counts of assault with a firearm, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, willfully firing a firearm from a vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm with the intent to commit a felony.
Cain has pleaded not guilty to all of these charges. If he is found guilty of attempted murder, he will be sentenced to a least 20 years and a maximum of life in prison, plus additional time for the other charges.
Velasquez had previously been refused bail three times. However, this time a different Judge was in charge of the case. Judge Arthur Bocanegra made it plain that he would make his own judgement and that it would not be based on Goularte or the intensity of the situation.
The Judge declared Cain Velasquez’s conduct to be “extremely severe”. However, he eventually chose to grant the former champion’s request for bail.
According to Nolan King, Judge Bocanegra said he recognizes the risk Velasquez demonstrated. However, he sees it as an isolated incident. Velasquez has no prior criminal history, is a parent of young children, and poses little danger of fleeing.
The bail amount for Velasquez is $1 million. He must comply with a protection order and wear GPS device while staying 300 yards away from the victims in the case.
After losing by KO to Francis Ngannou in his last in 2019, Cain Velasquez declared his retirement.
Former UFC heavyweight champion has significant victories against Silva twice, Junior dos Santos twice, Brock Lesnar once, Cheick Kongo once, Ben Rothwell once, and Travis Browne once.
After beginning his UFC career in 2008 with his third professional bout, he had a record of 11-3.
Many UFC alumni vouched for Cain repeatedly in an attempt to get him bail. Everyone from Khabib Nurmagomedov to Dana White had submitted letters of support.
In an interview, he went into detail regarding the situation.
“Anybody in the world who respects himself, who loves his family is going to do same thing, exactly,” Nurmagomedov told media.
“Come on, nobody is going to think of law or something when you have something about your family. You have to protect your family. If animals protect their family, of course, humans are going to protect their family.”
“They talk about law court about jail, but I don’t understand these things. This is not fair. He sit in jail and other guy is outside. What about other guy? Put this guy in jail too. He’s more dangerous for people than Cain Velasquez.”