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Charges Against Conor McGregor in Phone-Smashing Incident Reduced

April 7, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Conor McGregor has caught a break in the criminal case against him over allegedly snatching a fan’s phone from his hand and smashing it. USA Today reports that charges of felony criminal mischief and felony strong-armed robbery have been reduced based on a review of the case by prosecutors.

McGregor was arrested last month and charged in the incident, during which the UFC star allegedly slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand after he saw a photo being snapped of him. He then stomped on the phone, according to a police report, then walked off with it.

“As a matter of normal procedure, police officers arrest and charge based on probable cause, the lowest evidentiary standard,” Ed Griffith, spokesperson for the Miami-Dade state attorney, told the outlet. “Prosecutors must believe that they can prove the potential charges beyond a reasonable doubt, a much higher standard of required evidence.”

The charge of felony criminal mischief has been reduced to a misdemeanor once the value of the phone was determined to be between $200 and $1,000. As for the strong-armed robbery charge, it is now a charge of robbery by sudden snatching, which is a third-degree felony (as opposed to the previous charge’s second-degree felony status).

The news comes after an eventful month for McGregor, who announced his retirement just before news broke that he’s being investigaed in Ireland for an alleged sexual assault.

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