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Couple alleging attack by ex-UFC fighter speak out, suing after felony battery charge dropped

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is accused of attacking a pair visiting Las Vegas and 4 different folks, and two persons are talking out after a felony battery by strangulation charge in opposition to the ex-fighter was dropped.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), Sonnen assaulted the couple and 4 others on Dec. 18, and later instructed police he took an Ambien earlier within the day and didn’t keep in mind what occurred.

Julie and Christopher Stellpflug stated Sonnen attacked them as they had been strolling to their lodge room on the Four Seasons.

He obtained 5 citations for battery, and it seems he was not taken to jail.

“I’m completely shocked. I’m extremely disappointed to learn of this news. I think for me, it just takes me back to that to that day,” Julie stated. “Chris was watching me get beaten by him. I was watching him choke my husband. This is an individual that did this for a living, to beat people into submission.”

They stated they had been each identified with concussions, and Julie stated Sonnen cut up her lip open. Christopher stated he nonetheless had marks round his neck a couple of days after the alleged attack.

“It was incredibly violent. For us, for me anyway, it is the most traumatizing experience I’ve ever had,” Julie continued.

Initially, the Clark County District Attorney charged Sonnen with felony battery by strangulation together with 10 misdemeanor battery counts. But in an amended criticism filed by prosecutors in courtroom Wednesday, Sonnen now solely faces six misdemeanor battery costs.

Misdemeanor counts carry a most jail sentence of six months,.

Attorney Kory Kaplan is representing the Stellpflugs, who reside in California.

“They object to the reduction of charges. They were never consulted by the DA’s office,” Kaplan stated. “I got a call and said we’re reducing it back down to misdemeanor and we’re gonna file the motion.”

Attorney Dayvid Figler is representing Sonnen, who, he stated, lives out of state.

“I commend the district attorney for taking a look, checking their own work. This is the check and balance system in the criminal justice system and today it worked,” stated Figler.

The Stellpflugs stated the prison justice system failed them and are actually suing Sonnen in civil courtroom.

“The take-home message from this morning was basically don’t go to Vegas and get involved in an incident with a celebrity, because the criminal justice is not there for you,” Christopher instructed 8 News Now. “It feels just like we’re being re-victimized in the hallway and I’m watching this monster beat my wife all over again. He needs some sort of repercussions for his actions.”

The 8 News Now I-Team reached out to Metro police and the Clark County District Attorney’s office. Police stated Sonnen was cited on the scene because of it being a misdemeanor battery that didn’t happen in police presence. The assistant district legal professional instructed the I-Team that police and prosecutors reviewed witness statements, medical paperwork, and photographs, and concluded that it didn’t rise to the extent of a felony.

The assistant district legal professional strongly disputed that Sonnen is getting particular therapy.

The subsequent date for Sonnen’s prison case is ready for April 27.

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