Conor McGregor pleads not guilty after Miami arrest as trial date set – Irish Mirror
CONOR McGregor entered not guilty pleas in a US court last night for charges against him – with the trial date set for next month.
It follows his arrest in Miami Beach, Florida last month where he allegedly slapped a phone out of a man’s hand and stamped on it when he tried to take the former MMA fighter’s photo.
McGregor was not present in Miami-Dade County Court for the hearing.
His case is due to come before the court again on April 30, with the trial date slated for May 13.
Speaking to RTE News following the hearing, McGregor’s lawyer Sam Rabin said: “We look forward to resolving this matter as quickly as possible”.
Conor McGregor could face a maximum of six years in prison if found guilty of stamping on the fan’s phone.
The 30 year-old was arrested on March 11 and charged with one count of strong-arm robbery and one count of criminal mischief after allegedly slapping away and standing on Ahmed Abdirzak’s phone.
McGregor was initially facing up to 20 years behind bars, however, prosecutors have since reduced the charges.
The case is before the Miami Dade County Court for arraignment – with the degree of one felony charge lowered and the other converted to a misdemeanour.
Ed Griffith, spokesperson for the Miami-Dade state attorney, told the Irish Daily Mirror: “[Wednesday] is the first step in the court process where the actual charging is done.
“We are charging him with a third degree felony of robbery by sudden snatching and he’s being charged with a first degree misdemeanour count of criminal mischief.
“A third degree felony is potentially a five year imprisonment and a first degree misdemeanour, the maximum, is potentially up to a year, but a first time offender’s not going to get five or six years.
“I know Mr McGregor has a convoluted history, but that’s what they figure out in the end.”
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