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Cain Velasquez pleads not guilty to multiple charges, including attempted murder

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On Friday, Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in connection with his alleged high-speed shooting incident on Feb. 28.

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The former UFC heavyweight champion appeared in a Santa Clara County court to plead not guilty. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for September 26. Velasquez faces 10 charges including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a loaded firearm with the intent to commit a crime, and more. If Velasquez is found guilty on all counts, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

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Velasquez, 39, is accused of participating in an 11-mile high-speed chase with Harry Goulart, the man accused of molesting his close relative, a four-year-old who has since been identified as Velasquez’s son. During the chase, Velázquez allegedly fired a .40 caliber handgun at the car containing Goulart, Goulart’s mother, and Goulart’s stepfather Paul Bender, the latter of whom was allegedly hit twice by gunshots, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries. Santa Clara police accuse Gularte Jr. of “inappropriately” touching a four-year-old child “repeatedly” after the first call on Feb. 23.

Gularte has since pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and has been released on bail, with a trial date set for September 20. Velázquez was repeatedly denied bail.

“It was such a reckless disregard for human life,” Judge Shelina Brown said in May. “In this case, it is not only about Mr. Goulart and his family. This is every citizen who was in danger of being shot or rammed by a car during this seven-mile chase.

“This court is not only thinking of Mr. Goulart and his family, but of every citizen of Santa Clara County who was in close proximity to this alleged incident.”

The MMA community rallied to Velasquez’s side throughout the ordeal.

UFC president Dana White, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and top featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez were among the many who wrote letters of support to help Velasquez see the light of day.

Damon Martin of MMA Fighting contributed to this report.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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