Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones may soon find himself under arrest.
That's because the Albuquerque police department is in the process of obtaining a warrant for "Bones," and have upgraded his original hit-and-run charge from misdemeanor to felony, after it was revealed a pregnant victim of his alleged involvement was left with a broken arm.
ABQ PD: "We are currently working on obtaining a warrant for his (Jones) arrest for Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident."— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) April 27, 2015
per ABQ PD, pregnant women involved in hit-and-run accident with Jones has a broken arm— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) April 27, 2015
Combat sports attorney Eric Magraken breaks down the difference in charges:
Misdemeanor charges are reserved for cases "where the accident does not result in great bodily harm." If the case does involve "great bodily harm" it can lead to a fourth degree felony with a penalty of up to "eighteen months imprisonment." If it can further be proven that a defendant "knowingly" failed to stay at the scene, the charges can be upgraded to a third-degree felony with penalties increasing up to three years of imprisonment.
A copy of Jones' arrest warrant is below:
I think it's safe to call the UFC 187 main event "in jeopardy."
As of now, the promotion has yet to issue a ruling on the future of its May 23 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada, but will undoubtedly move swiftly once Jones is taken into custody or turns himself in. As of now, authorities have been unable to reach him.
Jones remains innocent until proven guilty.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this still-developing story over the next few hours. In the meantime, you can read the latest details in his police report right here.