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Former UFC fighter Josh Grispi sentenced to five and a half years in prison for assault and gun charges

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In 2014, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Josh Grispi was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife twice in a span of four days with the alleged help of his pitbull in what police called one of the “worst cases of domestic abuse” ever.


And this past Friday (June 16, 2017) he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the heinous crimes by Brockton Superior Court according to a report from MMA Fighting:

Josh Grispi was convicted on 25 counts of assault and gun charges by a jury in Brockton (Mass.) Superior Court on Friday, per a release from the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office. He was sentenced to 5-1/2 years in jail by judge Richard Chin. Grispi also received an additional five years of probation once he is released from jail. Grispi was found guilty on seven counts of improper storage of a firearm, five counts of assault and battery, two counts of threat to commit a crime, eight counts of intimidating a witness, one count of malicious damage to a motor vehicle, one count of attempt to procure perjury and one count of possession to distribute marijuana.

While searching his home after his initial arrest, police officers found a pot farm, guns and a cache of ammunition. To make matters worse, officials say Grispi's three-year old son was sitting next to a box of unsecured firearms during the search.

Days after his arrest, these unsettling text messages were leaked that showed the evil intentions Grispi had toward his wife, who suffered a concussion, broken wrist and several other injuries during the attack.

Despite all of that, Josh’s wife, Kaitlyn Grispi, stuck by his side and tried her hardest to sweep the incidents under the rug. According to the report, Grispi was found not guilty of having his dog attack his wife, as well as being cleared of three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition.

Grispi’s sentence comes a few weeks after Jon Kopenhaver, a.ka. War Machine, was sentenced to life in prison for his brutal attack on his former fiances Christy Mack.

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