December 21, 2011
With a slew of legal troubles, 2011 has been a busy year for Floyd Mayweather.
He'll be a little more sedentary for part of 2012 serving 90 days in jail for a 2010 run-in with ex-girlfriend Josie Harris.
Mayweather worked his way out of several pickles involving lawsuits and minor charges, but always looming was his most serious legal problem - the seven felony charges he faced for a run-in with his ex-girlfriend/mother of his children. He paid the piper today as Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa handed down her ruling:
Saragosa sentenced Mayweather to six months in jail, 90 days of which must be spent in the Clark County Detention Center and 90 days which will be suspended.
Mayweather was ordered to attend a year-long domestic violence counseling program, perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $2,500 fine and stay out of trouble.
"I think a period of time in incarceration will send the right message to the community and to his children that no matter who you are you will have consequences to your actions that are appropriate when this level of violence is inflicted," Saragosa said.
Yesterday, Mayweather escaped the felony charges and a maximum of 34 years in jail by pleading guilty to one count of battery-domestic violence and no contest to two counts of harassment.
Local prosecutor Liza Luzaich explained to the judge that fines and counseling alone haven't worked for Mayweather in the past during previous domestic violence incidents. She said jail time was the only way to go with the world champion boxer.
"The only thing that is going to get this man's attention is incarceration," Luzaich said.
Mayweather must also pay $2,500 in fines, perform 100 hours of community service and attend a 12 month class for domestic violence counseling.
As part of a plea agreement, Mayweather escaped the most serious serious felony charges of grand larceny, robbery and coercion were dismissed.
Mayweather's legal team asked for his time be served under house arrest. The request was denied by Saragosa.
Just last month, the fighter announced his intentions to return to the ring on May 5, 2012. It's unknown whether the three months in jail will derail those plans or if the Nevada State Athletic Commission may have an issue with granting the fighter a license to fight.