Martial-arts fighter gets 60-day sentence for beating wife

  • Star Tribune
  • November 30, 2011 - 7:36 PM

A heavyweight mixed-martial-arts fighter who beat his wife into unconsciousness was sentenced on Wednesday to 60 days in jail.

Brett "The Grim" Rogers, 30, pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court in September to felony third-degree assault and could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison.

His jail time was reduced by 26 days for time already served, leaving less than five weeks remaining.

Dismissed as part of the plea agreement were charges of domestic abuse by strangulation, stalking and child endangerment.

Along with the jail time, Judge Karen Asphaug sentenced the 258-pound Rogers to three years of probation and a $500 fine.

Rogers' most recent bout, carried live nationally on Showtime from Dallas, was on June 18, 11 days before the attack at the couple's Apple Valley home. Rogers lost for the third time in four matches. He was charged on June 30 and had his pro contract pulled the next day.

According to the charges:

Officers met Rogers shortly after 12:30 a.m. on June 29 and suspected he had been drinking. He acknowledged arguing with his wife, a 30-year-old woman, but said he hit her only after she hit him.

Officers found his wife walking by a nearby school, her face bloodied, a tooth missing. She told police and paramedics that her husband choked her, chased her into the back yard and hit her in the head until she "blacked out."

The couple's 9-year-old daughter said she saw her father push her mother against a kitchen cabinet, prompting the girl to shout at him to stop.

The complaint did not say what started the violence.

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