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Only hours before his scheduled bout at UFC On FX 5, Jeremy Stephens was arrested on an interstate warrant. Now, almost 2 weeks later, Stephens was released from Des Moines, Iowa police custody.
By far the biggest story coming out of UFC On FX 5 was the arrest of Lightweight Jeremy Stephens. A mere six hours before the event, Stephens was arrested by the Minneapolis police on an felony assault warrant from the neighboring state of Iowa. The warrant stemmed from an altercation in Stephens' hometown where he allegedly assaulted a fellow patron outside a local watering hole. Stephens was subsequently extradited from Minnesota to Iowa and his bail set at $100K.
Today, his release from custody was announced via his own website:
Des Moines, Iowa, October 17, 2012- Today, at 3:30pm, Jeremy was released from custody from the Polk County Jail. As you know, Jeremy has spent the last twelve days incarcerated, both in Iowa and Minnesota, missing his October 5 UFC fight against Yves Edwards, as well as many lucrative financial opportunities associated with that bout.
While Jeremy’s employer (UFC), his family, friends, and loyal fans have stood behind him, certainly the recent events have garnered some negative media attention.
Jeremy felt it was very important to thank each and every one of those who have stood by his side during this tough time. He wanted everyone to know that despite the negative situation that he’s been placed in, he has remained upbeat and positive, reflecting on the opportunities that have been and will be presented to him, reflecting on his family, and his firm believe in his innocence.
Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of.
Since the arrest several stories have abound concerning the details of the incident. Unsurprisingly, the official statements of Stephens' camp and the Des Moines police department vary greatly. For now, the details remain obscured, but more will probably come out as Stephens goes through the legal process. His first step will be an appearance on October 23rd at the Jennepin County court.