Chael Sonnen Gets More Charges Dismissed For Alleged Las Vegas Hotel Attack
Chael Sonnen has had more charges dropped.
The former UFC title challenger has had two misdemeanor battery charges dismissed by Justice Pro Tem Craig Friedberg at a court hearing on Wednesday, which was first reported by the Las Vegas-Review Journal.
Sonnen originally faced 11 total charges. It included 10 misdemeanor battery charges and one count of felony battery by strangulation. The felony battery and four of the misdemeanor charges were dropped in March after prosecutors amended their criminal complaint.
Sonnen now faces just four charges.
The charges came from an alleged incident on December 18 at a Four Seasons hotel where Julie and Christopher Stellpflug filed a lawsuit and claimed that Sonnen unprovokedly attacked and injured them.
According to MMA Junkie, Sonnen’s defense attorney, Dayvid Figler, filed a motion to dismiss all charges after prosecutors couldn’t obtain statements that the couple previously made to a TV station in California. They claimed that the comments could be used as exculpatory evidence.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jake Merback argued that they were not withholding evidence.
Sonnen was not in attendance for Wednesday’s hearing, and has yet to publicly comment on the case.
Public negotiations are expected to resume on October 5.
Sonnen has not fought since 2019 and has since become a multi-promotional analyst. ESPN suspended him in March due to the ongoing case.