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Rampage Pleads Guilty to Reckless Driving/Evading, Gets Community Service

Quinton Rampage Jackson UFC Lavacot guilty reckless driving evading
(We know what you’re going to ask, and the answer is "very well, and on a big pile of money.")

Breakin’ news from from The OC Register:

Ultimate Fighting Championship brawler Quinton "Rampage" Jackson pleaded guilty today to felony evading police and misdemeanor reckless driving for a high-speed chase down Newport Boulevard last July that left a wake of crumpled cars and scared pedestrians.
 
Jackson, a former UFC champion and one its brightest stars, was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, seek mental heath therapy, and pay restitution to the people whose cars he damaged.
 
Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals said if Jackson, 30, successfully completes those terms, the felony charge will be dismissed against him and he will likely serve no time in jail when he is officially sentenced on Jan. 7, 2010.
 
Jackson, who said he was delirious from a lack of sleep and a lack of food when he launched the wild police chase on July 15, said he was ecstatic that he wasn’t going into custody.
 

 
"No one wants to get to jail," he said after in an interview after pleading guilty. "But my main concern was that no one got hurt. I am so relieved and happy that no one was injured."
 
He said he decided to plead guilty because he didn’t want to put the other drivers through the ordeal of a trial.
 
"I feel sorry for everything that happened, and I apologize," he said.

Some more amazing details about Jackson’s community service from his attorney Carol Lavacot, via MMA Weekly

"Quinton, from the beginning, has wanted to take responsibility for his actions. He has learned a great deal about his physical body and about mental health. During this next year, Quinton has chosen to share his knowledge of how good nutrition, exercise, and sufficient sleep leads to success. He will be speaking to groups of young people in the hope that his unfortunate incident can be turned into something positive for others."
 

Regarding the sentence, Lavacot said "I think it’s very fair, considering the circumstances."

 

 
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Nick- January 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm
He was overcharged to begin with, which is the reason why the deal was so reasonable. It also appears to be a Deferred Entry of Judgment type deal, which is why the sentencing is put of until 2010. This means that there is no conviction record at this time and when there is one it will be for a Misdemeanor that can immediately be expunged pursuant to California Penal Code Section 1210.4, since the probationary time period would have been completed. All in all, it should not hinder his ability to train out of the country due to the way that the deal was designed, he had a good attorney.
Surfin Dave- January 9, 2009 at 7:42 am
I heard to make sure Rampage stayed under control, Seth Petruzelli was hired as bailiff.
Anonymous- January 9, 2009 at 6:29 am
Rampage got off easier than a premature ejaculator at a Texas titty bar.
Jay- January 9, 2009 at 5:27 am
@ dangada dang.........that was awesome. dangada dang >>>>>>>> lysol
dword- January 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm
I'm just happy we will get to see Rampage punch peoples faces off instead of see him behind bars.
Dmonicideals- January 8, 2009 at 8:25 pm
I'm with stinky mike. It is special how 2 felonies and 4 misdemeanors turns into 1 felon and 1 misdemeanor, and so long as he says sorry and goes and tells kids not to do it, he gets 0 jail and 6 months probation? OOOhh, yeah, he has to pay "restitution" too. What is he going to have to pay? His vehicle insurance likely took care of all the cars and shit on the sidewalk he smashed up, and they have already said in court the chick he slammed into can't sue because he baby allegedly didn't die the collision. What a joke. Why even bother making him do the community service? I can see it already: He will go to the school, hang around for a bit, give a 45 minute lecture, and call it 8 hours because, well, that is how long a school day is, so his little time he spent easily equals 8 hours of your average persons life, right?

Dead Unborn Baby- January 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm
I think he got off a little easy
Bootylam!- January 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm
Did he howl immediately afterwards?
Derekrva- January 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm
@ wifebeater

Not to out nerd you here, but I think the McBain quote you are thinking about is "On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies"

so not that much of a steal.

"Maybe you are all homosexuals!"
Senor Tampon- January 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm
@Lysol

NICE!!! yes give that asshole a shirt!!
wifebeater- January 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm
Nice steal from the Simpsons' McBain on the picture caption, Ben.
Scrambled Eggs- January 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm
I'm sure the "Rampage made me miscarry and he's famous so I'm suing him" story will be posted to CP soon. Stay tuned...
Scrambled Eggs- January 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm
Just wait, I'm sure the Rampage-made-me-miscarry-so-I'm-suing-for-$10-million story will be coming out soon. I'm thinking of suing him because reading about this story from 500 miles away made me miscarry too.

God Bless America!!
Stinky Mike- January 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm
So, I wanna be rich....so as to get away with breaking the law and only getting community service.
Bill C.- January 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Definitely give Lysol a shirt! Excellent post!
Dangada Dang- January 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Rampage later stated his desire to write a book alongside O.J. Simpson titled "How we did it: Murders and Miscarriages"
KissMyAnthia- January 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm
FEEL THE BEAST!!! Minotaur!!!
rokabee- January 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Good for him..the judge must of thought he was gonna throw "A scared left hook" at him and gave him community service instead.
dedstrk- January 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Red Bull's a hell of a drug.
B-tard- January 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm
Usually community service comes with some kind of probation and usually probation keeps you in the country for the most part, unless the judge allows that person to leave. My question would be how is Rampage supposed to train at Wolfslair for 6 weeks before his next fight?
Don- January 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm
He should've mean mugged the judge and gotten away with it
The voice in the wilderness- January 8, 2009 at 3:01 pm
THAT WAS HILARIOUS LYSOL!!!
Whip Wilson- January 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Send Lysol two shirts. That's the funniest comment I've read on here in weeks.
Lysol- January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I want to see two guest lectures in the near future:

The Importance of Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise by Rampage Jackson and Black Belt Jiu Jitsu Grappling by Tank Abbot
MMA-hole- January 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm
"Stay in school, kids, and don't fuck with Red Bull."
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