Prosecutors Drop Chael Sonnen’s Felony Battery Charge
Chael Sonnen is now facing fewer charges.
Judge Joseph M. Bonaventure allowed prosecutors to amend their criminal complaint, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Due to the amendment, Sonnen got the previously felony battery charge and four of the misdemeanor charges dismissed, and he now faces six misdemeanor charges.
Sonnen was facing 11 charges, including the 10 misdemeanor battery charges and one felony charge of battery by strangulation.
The charges stemmed from an alleged incident on December 18 at a Four Seasons hotel. Julie and Christopher Stellpflug filed the lawsuit, claiming Sonnen unprovokedly attacked them, which resulted in injuries.
The 44-year-old initially faced five misdemeanor battery counts for reported altercations with five separate individuals. Those charges were “dismissed by the court without prejudice,” but it was possible the charges could be refiled at a later date.
Sonnen is due to appear in court on April 27, according to online records.
He has not fought since 2019 and has since become a multi-promotional analyst, including ESPN and EFC. ESPN recently suspended him during the ongoing case.