After 8 months behind bars, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has finally been granted bail at a pre-trial hearing.
The 40-year-old Velasquez had been sent to jail on February 8th after he shot at a car that contained Harry Goularte, a man who had been accused of molesting the retired fighter’s four-year-old son.
There has been an outpouring of sympathy and support for Velasquez since then from the MMA community, but he had been denied bail twice in the months since his arrest as his case headed towards a trial.
However, now the judge has given Velasquez the chance to return to his family, with his bail being set at $1 million, while there was also numerous stipulations attached to the bond.
- home detention with GPS monitoring
- TBI/CTE outpatient treatment through Windwills Wellness Ranch, counseling
- support group for victims of sexual abuse
- search and seizure conditions
- no weapons
- compliance4 with the protective order and stay a minimum of 300 yards from Harry Goularte, Patricia Goularte, and Paul Bender.
“Mr. Velasquez, I would not release you if I was not convinced that upon a release at this time, eight months later, that you would be a danger to Harry Goularte primarily, Patricia Goularte or Paul Bender,” the presiding judge told Velasquez.
“If you are as devoted a husband and father, I’m confident and have to believe you will not jeopardize anything that would take you away from your son, your daughter, your family. I hope you don’t prove me wrong.”
Velasquez has since posted bail and is now back home with his loved ones for the time being as he awaits his trial.