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Cain Velasquez looking at 20 years to life in prison and more if found guilty of charges

Cain Velasquez is looking at least 20 years in prison if found guilty of six charges, some with multiple counts, according to court proceedings Wednesday afternoon.

Velasquez, 39, is facing charges of attempted murder; shooting at an occupied motor vehicle or aircraft; three counts of assault with a firearm; three counts of assault with a deadly weapon; willfully discharging a firearm from a vehicle; and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony.

If found guilty, Velasquez could serve a minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison. He has been held at the Santa Clara County main jail since Monday evening. No bail was set in Wednesday’s court proceeding.

Another court hearing is set for Mar. 23.

According to news reports, Velasquez was initially apprehended on Monday after shooting a man and targeting another accused of molesting a family member “100 times.”

The San Jose Police Department has not been as forthcoming with any official information regarding the incident as of yet.

However, the police report submitted by Detective Joel Martinez has been obtained by several news outlets.

The situation of Velasquez has prompted many fighters and fans in the MMA community to organize a #FreeCain hashtag to raise awareness.

Velasquez last appeared in the UFC in February 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1, where he lost via TKO to Francis Ngannou. He is a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, who also dabbled in the WWE from 2019 to 2020 and is currently associated with Lucha Libre AAA, a Mexican wrestling promotion.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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