Kazuo Misaki avoids jail time

Friday, June 26, 2009

While it’s not the most sensational MMA legal case this week, Kazuo Misaki has avoided jail time by pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in relation to a March traffic incident.

Misaki, 33, appeared Thursday in Tokyo District Court and pleaded guilty to obstruction to justice. Though the prescribed penalty for his offense is 14 months jail time under the Japanese penal code, Misaki was given a three-year suspended sentence by judge Iwao Maeda.

On March 19, the 2006 Pride 183-pound grand prix champion was ordered to pull over when a Tokyo Metropolitan policeman noticed him talking on his cell phone while driving. As the officer approached the car, Misaki ignored his request to stop and drove away. Misaki’s driver side mirror also stuck the officer’s left wrist, causing injury.

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