Chael Sonnen vs Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128: Under Considerations
Suspension, money laundering, UFC 128 plans unclear---what's next for Chael Sonnen?
Chael Sonnen got another blow to his life. The UFC middleweight who’s currently under suspension from the California State Athletic Commission pleaded guilty today of federal charges of money laundering. A charge that has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine – according to a press release issued today by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Oregon.
The sentence is said to start 10 days after he is expected to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128. It is still undefined whether the potential imprisonment will affect his bout’s possibility. However, Oregonian reported that Sonnen has reached a plea deal with the District Attorney that will end up in a two year probation along with a $10,000 fine and the revocation of his Realtor license.
UFC 128 takes place March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and features a light heavyweight title bout between champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former champ Rashad Evans.
At the current state, Sonnen is serving a suspension from CSAC due to elevated levels of testosterone following his fight-of-the-year candidate at UFC 117 with middleweight champion Anderson Silva. His appeal was unsuccessful during the CSAC hearing in Sacramento this past month.
The District Attorney states Sonnen conducted a financial transaction that was “designed to conceal or disguise the ownership and control of the proceeds of wire fraud.”
“This office will continue to aggressively prosecute real estate professionals who committed the mortgage fraud that contributed to this country’s economic downturn and wreaked havoc on our community’s housing market,” Dwight Holton, U. S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, stated in the release.
Part of the plea deal, Sonnen agreed to give up his Realtor’s license and pay a $10,000 fine, said Michelle Holman Kerin, the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case.
As of the moment Sonnen is still silent on the matter.View Article Source »