Via Sherdog: Monson's domestic violence charges dismissed
Some highlights of the article:
Domestic violence and property damage misdemeanor charges filed against former UFC heavyweight contender and professed anarchist Jeff Monson were dismissed by a Davie County judge on May 7 in Mocksville, N.C.
The court ruled the charges had been misclassified as a domestic case under state law and Monson had been improperly held at the time of his arrest, according to Davie and Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank. Monson spent five days in the Davies County Detention Center.
Monson was arrested on Jan. 19 at the residence of Stephanie Trapani, 30, for “assault to a female” and “damage to real property or personal property” following an alleged domestic dispute. At the time, officers described Trapani and Monson as having a “dating relationship.”
But Monson isn't completely out of legal trouble, yet:
The world-champion grappler still faces a first-degree malicious mischief charge for spray-painting the peace sign, the anarchy symbol, and the phrases “No war” and “No poverty” on the Washington state’s capital building on Nov. 26.
ESPN The Magazine documented Monson’s protest while trailing the politically minded fighter for a feature that ran in its Dec. 29 issue. Monson was photographed defacing the monument in one of the article’s accompanying photographs, which led officials to their suspect. The act carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Personally, i'm pretty relieved about the news. There's a big difference (in my mind) between a guy who assaults women and vandalizes, and a guy who tags a state capital with political intentions.
I'd be seriously bummed if he gets the maximum penalty of 10 years in jail for the Vandalism charge, because I really like Monson as a fighter. I really like the way he works on the ground, and it's also pretty cool that he's freakin ripped. At any rate, I wish him the best of luck, and I hope to see him fighting soon.