Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill is currently in discussions with his legal team, edging closer to a potential plea deal in his domestic violence case.
As reported by TMZ Sports, prosecutors extended a plea deal to Hill and his defense earlier this month. The proposed agreement involves Hill admitting guilty to a reduced domestic violence charge in exchange for the dismissal of the more severe aggravated domestic violence charge.
The accusations against Hill stem from an altercation with his brother last November at his residence in Kent, Michigan. James Hill Jr. alleges that Jamahal delivered a sucker punch with a closed fist during a heated argument, resulting in the loss of a front tooth.
Following the incident, Hill was promptly arrested and briefly detained by local law enforcement. The repercussions of the legal proceedings now hinge on the decisions made in the upcoming months.
As of now, Hill has yet to make a decision regarding the proposed plea deal. He has until a planned hearing in March to decide whether to accept the plea agreement that has been given.
Jamahal Hill secured the then vacant UFC Light Heavyweight title by defeating Glover Teixeira at UFC 283 last year. However, he gave up the belt shortly afterwards due to an Achilles injury.
Despite the legal hurdles, Hill is anticipated to make a comeback to the Octagon later this year. There are even talks of a potential immediate title shot, with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Alex Pereira being a likely opponent for Hill’s return bout.
In the event of a guilty verdict for misdemeanor domestic violence, Hill could face a maximum of 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. But if he rejects the plea deal and is convicted of aggravated domestic violence (which is classified as a felony in Michigan), it might result in a more severe consequence. He might face a five-year prison sentence.