UFC star Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in a San Jose, California, courtroom on Friday. This comes as an addition to a tragic story that has not improved for the former champion.
Nolan King of MMA Junkie reported that Velasquez also faces charges of shooting at a motor vehicle or aircraft, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, willfully discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony. All of these issues came from a February shooting in which he allegedly fired gunshots at a car containing three people.
Velasquez states that Harry Goularte molested his four-year-old son, while Velasquez attempted to shoot Goularte, he missed and hit Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, in the shoulder. At the time of the shooting, Goularte was out of jail on bail after being arrested for lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14.
Velasquez has been denied bail on three occasions. His pre-trial hearing is set to begin on September 26th, and if Velasquez is convicted of attempted murder, he faces at least 20 years and a maximum punishment of life in prison.
Velasquez is best known for a professional MMA career that ran from 2006 until 2019. Velasquez twice held the UFC heavyweight title, winning it from Brock Lesnar in 2010 and regaining it from Junior dos Santos in 2012.
Velasquez attempted to transition into pro wrestling starting with Mexican promotion AAA before signing with WWE for a brief run in October 2019 and his only notable match was against Lesnar in a loss at Crown Jewel 2019 in Saudi Arabia. He was released by WWE in April 2020.
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