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UFC star Conor McGregor facing 7 years in prison for Barclays Center melee

April 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
UFC star Conor McGregor facing 7 years in prison for Barclays Center melee

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor facing multiple charges for Barclays Center meltdown

UFC megastar Conor McGregor was hit with an array of criminal charges Friday in Brooklyn, New York for allegedly throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fellow MMA fighters and slugging another man in the face.

The bombastic 29-year-old  UFC champion appeared in a courtroom packed with supporters, including fellow fighter Dillon Danis, for his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Friday, the New York Post reported.

According to the criminal complaint, McGregor is charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of assault, attempted assault, menacing and reckless endangerment for his role in Thursday’s violent melee at the Barclays Center.

Additionally, McGregor is barred from contacting fellow MMA fighters Michael Chiesa and Raymond Borg, who were both injured during the fracas, resulting in the cancellation of their scheduled bouts at UFC 223.

If convicted, Conor Mcgregor could face up to seven years in prison.

The MMA fighter responded: “Yes, your honor” when the judge asked whether he understood terms of the orders of protection against him.

Chiesa sustained abrasions to his face and hand from flying glass while Borg suffered a cornea injury to his left eye and bruising to his left cheek.

“McGregor is captured on video picking up a chair and throwing it to a window on a bus and causing several injuries,” said prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto.

Court papers indicate Conor McGregor is also charged with punching Jason Ledbetter in the head “several times with a closed fist.”

The judge has also issued an order of protection against McGregor for Ledbetter.

Cian Cowley, a member of McGregor’s entourage was charged with criminal mischief, assault and reckless endangerment for his role in the brawl.

Cotto said Cowley heaved metal chair at the “front of the window of the bus.”

McGregor had bond set at $50,000 and $25,000 for Cowley. Both men were bailed out by celebrity bondsman and JammedUp co-founder Ira Judelson.

Th judge allowed the natives of Ireland to keep their passports — but are mandated to report to Judelson once a week by phone.

Judelson must also pre-approve McGregor’s travel.

“My client self-surrendered and when asked the first time to have his friend surrender, he got his friend,” McGregor’s lawyer Jim Walden told the Brooklyn Criminal Court Justice Consuelo Mallafre Melendez in arguing that the athlete wasn’t a flight risk. “He’s the most visible face on the planet.”

Cowley’s lawyer John Arlia vowed to contest the charges.

“It’s quite suspect about the front window being shattered,” Arlia told the judge. “My client wants to testify in front of the grand jury and would be present at every proceeding.”

Both men are scheduled to appear back in court on June 14.

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