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8/21/11 10:22 AM
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MMA fighter Michael Whitehead to make no-contest plea in sexual assault case

Whitehead to be arraigned Sept. 12 in Clark County District Court

Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 | 11:45 a.m.

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Heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Michael "Iron Mike" Whitehead reached an agreement today with Clark County prosecutors to make a no-contest Alford plea for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman about a year and a half ago in his Las Vegas home.

Whitehead, 30, who was scheduled to appear today for his preliminary hearing on the charge in Las Vegas Justice Court, went instead with his attorney, William Terry, to a meeting room outside Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall’s courtroom to go over the deal reached with the Clark County District Attorney’s office.

Upon their return to the courtroom, William Terry, Whitehead’s attorney, told the judge that Whitehead will unconditionally waive his right to the preliminary hearing.

And when Whitehead is arraigned in Clark County District Court, he will plead guilty, under the Alford court decision, to a lesser charge of one felony count of attempted sexual assault, Terry said.

Whitehead had been arrested on charges of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and open and gross lewdness and also faced possible drug charges involving marijuana found growing in his home.

Under the agreement, the district attorney’s office will make no recommendation on sentencing, assuming that Whitehead gets a favorable psycho-sexual report prior to sentencing, Terry said.

Marshall made sure that Whitehead understood what rights he was waiving and set his arraignment time in Clark County District Court for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12 in the lower level arraignment courtroom.

The alleged incident happened April 10, 2010, when a woman filed a police report that the MMA fighter had assaulted her.

The woman told police she and a friend had gone to Whitehead's home for a barbecue, then after drinking, decided not to drive home, according to a police report.

The report said Whitehead told the women that they could sleep in his bed.

One of the women said she awoke to find her pants down and Whitehead having sex with her in the bed. Although she repeatedly demanded that he stop, he didn't for about three minutes, according to the police report.

After the alleged incident, Whitehead sat in a chair in the bedroom, police said. The second woman, who had been next to the woman on the bed, said she witnessed the alleged assault, according to the police report. The second woman alleged that Whitehead had also groped her during the incident, the report said.

When police went to Whitehead’s home with a search warrant, detectives discovered that one of the upstairs bedrooms was being used to house a marijuana grow operation with more than 40 plants, according to a police report. However, no charges were filed concerning the marijuana plants.

After turning himself in on April 14, Whitehead was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and open and gross lewdness. Whitehead posted $14,000 bail and was released that same day.

Police said after Whitehead surrendered to authorities, police were contacted by the woman, who said she received a text message from Whitehead’s phone that said “Babe I’m really sorry about last night!! I’m very ashamed!” Police said the woman thought it was in reference to the sexual assault incident.

According to Sherdog.com, Whitehead’s record is 26 wins and seven losses. The 6-foot-1, 261-pound fighter lists Salt Lake City as his home.

He became more widely known when he was featured in the second season of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter."


8/21/11 10:24 AM
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Now onto fight Fedor!
8/21/11 10:28 AM
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So what does that mean, I'm legally retarded. In the sense of the terms involved, I mean. I don't have downs.

8/21/11 10:29 AM
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 Clark county = no bueno
8/21/11 10:29 AM
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 This plea was done under the Alford Plea... does that mean he gets off without jail time but with probation and perhaps a suspended sentence? And of course, he'll have to register as a sex offender
8/21/11 10:30 AM
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girls are so confusing
8/21/11 10:37 AM
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I'm not too good when it comes to pleading a "no contest". Does that mean he isn't proclaiming innocents or guilty and will leave it to the judge to decide the ruling or?
8/21/11 10:42 AM
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 weird article... headline says no contest ... then later on it says "will plead guilty"
8/21/11 10:48 AM
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frontrowbrian -  weird article... headline says no contest ... then later on it says "will plead guilty"
Aren't they the same thing? Literally, 'no contest' means 'I'm not contesting your accusation of guilty', essentially admitting your guilt be refusing to refute the charge. Phone Post
8/21/11 10:55 AM
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An Alford plea means that while you maintain your innocence, you acknowledge that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict if you go to trial.

Whether he goes to jail or not will most likely depend on his criminal history or lack thereof...
8/21/11 10:57 AM
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No contest means you aren't contesting the charges, but you're not admitting guilt. You might be "essentially" admitting guilt, but it is definitely not the same as pleading guilty. I don't think he'd have to register as a sex offender if they accept the "no contest".

I'm no lawyer, but that's the way I understand it.
8/21/11 11:01 AM
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I think if you read it says he plead no contest at the preliminary hearing but will plead quilty at his arraignment.... personally i hate it when girls get mad when i have sex with them when theyre passed out drunk.... Does Mike Whitehead have to rape a bitch?
8/21/11 11:02 AM
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 Whitehead corners some UFC and SF fighters....

Should Zuffa allow a registered sex offender at their events?  Provided Whitehead is required to register as a sex offender

I say NO. He should be banned. Sex offenders not welcome
8/21/11 11:11 AM
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I believe no contest is like saying, you've caught me red handed, I don't want to plead guilty tho, so if I promise not to fight the conviction in court, will you give me lesser sentencing Phone Post
8/21/11 11:12 AM
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8/21/11 11:12 AM
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Are you saying that he thought they consented because he was confused???
8/21/11 11:19 AM
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The Mongoose -  I believe no contest is like saying, you've caught me red handed, I don't want to plead guilty tho, so if I promise not to fight the conviction in court, will you give me lesser sentencing Phone Post

 Bingo!
8/21/11 11:21 AM
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No contest is mainly just a way to keep the criminal conviction from being used against the defendant in a civil trial.
8/21/11 11:22 AM
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The Mongoose -  I believe no contest is like saying, you've caught me red handed, I don't want to plead guilty tho, so if I promise not to fight the conviction in court, will you give me lesser sentencing Phone Post

 Bingo!

 No contest does not get you a lessar sentence than pleading guilty.
8/21/11 11:39 AM
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Matt Hughes was in the bedroom shouting out instructions, but Whitehead gassed out three minutes in and couldn't finish, causing Hughes to get pissed and throw a bottle of water at the wall.
8/21/11 11:43 AM
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frontrowbrian -  This plea was done under the Alford Plea... does that mean he gets off without jail time but with probation and perhaps a suspended sentence? And of course, he'll have to register as a sex offender


An Alford plea simply means that he is found guilty but doesn't admit guilt. It does not carry any particular sentence. You would often see this happening when the case is weak but the stakes are high so both sides get something, so I wouldn't be surprised if he got probation instead of prison.

I don't know how it is in Las Vegas but where I am from a conviction for most sex offenses requires registration as a sex offender regardless if there prison time.
8/21/11 11:53 AM
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When you plead guilty to a crime, you generally have to allocute as to the facts of the incident. An Alford nolo contendre plea allows a POS who raped a girl to cop the lighter sentence provided by a guilty plea without allowing his victim the satisfaction and closure of hearing him admit to his crime in open court.

It means he did it, but he doesn't have the sack to stand up and say that he did it.
8/21/11 4:19 PM
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The article states that he will take a lessor charge of attmepted sexual assault.   I don't know if that requires him to register as a sex offender.  After all he attempted but did not succeed.  

For those assuming taking the plea means he's guilty, you should know that pleas are often taken whether guilty or not because going to trial may be too risky or too expense.  It's basically cutting your losses.  
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LOL @ "before sitting quietly in a chair next to the bed." What a fucking creep.
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HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe - LOL @ "before sitting quietly in a chair next to the bed." What a fucking creep.

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