Buy One Get One Half – Off in Las Vegas Court
By: Bryanna Fissori
It is always a good idea to start the new year with a clean slate. Though Floyd Mayweather Jr., still has some work to do in order to accomplish the task, he is at least tidying up his court schedule.
The boxer was facing an evidence hearing on Wednesday, December 21 regarding charges of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris in an altercation which took place in September 2010. Other charges in the case include felony counts of grand larceny, coercion and robbery. Allegations also include stealing her cell phone and threatening two of their children ages 9 and 10.
As with many of his court dates, Mayweather has been too occupied to make them, causing hearings to be repeatedly re-scheduled. This particular case has been on the forefront of his legal agenda due to its potential career-ending ramifications.
If the case was to go to trial and he was convicted on all counts, Mayweather could have faced up to 34 years in prison. Instead he has opted to enter a guilty plea, reducing the charges to $3,000 and between two days and eighteen months in the Clark County jail.
The plea bargain is a bargain indeed as it also includes, for the low price of $1,000 extra, a guilty plea to misdemeanor battery. In November 2010, a 21 year old homeowner’s association security guard was warning Mayweather about violations stemming from having two many vehicles parked at the home in his Southern Highlands neighborhood which is an exclusive suburban Las Vegas community. Mayweather allegedly verbally berated the man and poked him in the face just below the eye.
Mayweather was acquitted in October of charges in a similar incident in which two homeowner’s association security guards were issuing violations to vehicles for parking in the street in the same gated community. Apparently Mayweather’s vehicle was one in question of violation. There was no physical altercation but the report states that Mayweather asserted he “had homies with guns that could fix the problem.”
Legal battles for the fighter are still on the card for 2012 with the most notable being charges of defamation for statements made in 2009 asserting that fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao’s success in the ring was due to use of performance enhancing drugs (P.E.D.s). After nearly 18 months of “scheduling conflict” Mayweather finally submitted to deposition for the case just last month.