News

MMA fighter makes plea deal in Des Moines bar tiff

MMA fighter makes plea deal in Des Moines bar tiff

Mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Stephens has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Photo: Associated Press/Gregory Payan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter has pleaded guilty to reduced charges stemming from a bar fight in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register says 27-year-old Jeremy Stephens was given 15 days on two convictions, which he’s already served. Other charges were dropped in exchange for his pleas earlier this week.

Stephens was taken into custody last October in Minneapolis on an Iowa arrest warrant stemming from the case. His arrest occurred just hours before a nationally televised Ultimate Fighting Championship match, which he missed.

Authorities say the bar fight occurred Oct. 15, 2011, at Fat Tony’s in Des Moines. Stephens and Dustin Bachman were accused of punching a man in the bar. Bachman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and a $750 fine.

Latest Headlines

in Viral Videos

Car jumps open drawbridge

13-overlay1

Talk about distracted driving!

in Sports

U.S. files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

fifa

U.S. officials are looking into alleged bribery worth more than $100 million involving high-ranking officials at soccer's world governing body.

in Music

Breaking Benjamin lands first No. 1 album

14-overlay1

The new album is the group's first in six years and comes after five years of line-up changes.

in Music

Deadheads get nostalgic before final Grateful Dead shows

gratefuldead

After the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995, the surviving four members say they will end The Grateful Dead's 50-year run this weekend.

in Sports

NBA: Love, Butler among free agents agreeing to stay put

kevinlove

Two of the biggest names in the free agent market, cut the suspense and agreed to deals to remain with their teams.