Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rampage Charged with Two Felonies

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been formally charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors. The felonies are for evading arrest while driving recklessly and evading a police officer and driving against traffic. The obvious bright spot for Jackson is the District Attorney decided not to charge him with second degree fetal homicide. They did not feel the death of the unborn baby was caused by the hit and run.

The charges could result in prison time. Where he got lucky is they did not charge him with causing serious bodily injury to any one. Under California law, when serious bodily injury is caused by reckless driving, it triggers a large increase in the amount of time the defendant can serve in jail. Jackson will still face prison time, but it will not be as serious. With the overcrowding of California prisons, it is likely any term will end up shortened in the end.

The news comes as a huge relief to the UFC. A fetal homicide charge would have been a black eye for Jackson, the UFC, and the sport. Instead he will get through this ugly predicament with his fighting career intact.


Anonymous said...

Can the woman who lost the baby have a civil trial without the criminal one?

pjhime said...

California is f'd up. He will serve ten days in jail and be out.

gogo said...

I wish I had a monster truck.

The Sports Muffin said...

Anonymous - she could, and I suspect she will. The ability to file a civil lawsuit has nothing to do with criminal charges (technically, though, there is some relation between the two, but that's not relevant here).

I'm guessing she has a pretty good case for AT LEAST negligence, and Jackson will most likely settle with her.

chappyd said...

rampage would have fun in jail. the inmates would love him. like a vacation.