(Tijuana had no answers for Brett’s muay thai game.)
You would think that a guy who is proclaiming his innocence in a spousal abuse case (in spite of the fact that everyone knows his wife is simply too terrified to testify against him) would be doing everything necessary to clear his name. Instead, former Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers has yet again breached terms of his pre-sentencing release in his domestic assault case and was arrested this morning at his Apple Valley, MN home and is locked up in Hastings County jail. He was slated to make a first appearance to speak to the charges today, but it’s unlikely that this time around he’ll be able to peg fault on the court.
The news of Rogers’ arrest was first reported by the Apple Valley Patch.
This is the second legit warrant that has been issued for him since the incident in June that culminated with Rogers being charged with felonious third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, uttering terroristic threats and having a pattern of stalking as well as one gross misdemeanor count of endangerment of a child. According to statements made by witnesses and Rogers’ daughters, “The Grim” beat and choked his wife Tijuana unconscious, leaving her face bruised and battered and minus a tooth. She originally tried to deny that her husband had assaulted her, but later admitted what had happened, however she refused to testify against him as she was afraid that a finding of “guilty,” would cause him problems in his MMA career. It didn’t matter though, since Strikeforce dropped him like a bad habit when news of the assault first broke.
The first warrant from mid-September was withdrawn after it was determined that Rogers had missed a court date because his legal team was not advised of a scheduling change. Then in October, the 30-year-old was picked up after he breached a protection order and spent 10 days in custody for the infraction.
Protection order breaches in Minnesota, as in most other states, are defined as any incidences of assault, intimidation or defiance of a trespass ban put in place after an order is put in place to protect a complainant who was previously assaulted, threatened or intimidated.
With his most recent violation, Rogers could be looking at stiffer sentencing in spite of a plea deal that saw three of his four charges dropped by the State of Minnesota. Rogers admitted guilt on the the third-degree assault charge and will be sentenced at 1:30 pm on November 30. Although Rogers’ attorneys said in September that they didn’t expect any jail time for their client, with a pair of breaches under his belt, you never know how the judge in the case will look at his proclamation of guilt and rehabilitation.
The maximum sentence for assault in Minnesota is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Maybe they need to throw him in a cell with Joe Son for an afternoon.