Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and “The Ultimate
Fighter” Season 4 participant Jeremy
Jackson has reportedly been handed a sentence of 25 years to
life for the 2008 rape of his former girlfriend.
Jackson, 28, was sentenced by Judge Rebecca Riley of California’s
Ventura County Superior Court on Monday, according to a report from
the Ventura County Star. The fighter pleaded guilty on Dec. 13 to
multiple charges stemming from the alleged June 2008 incident,
including forcible rape.
Per the report, on June 28, 2008, Jackson sent a series of “erratic
and threatening” text messages to the unnamed Oxnard, Calif., woman
before raping her at gunpoint with a BB gun. Jackson allegedly
later admitted to planning the crime in secretly recorded telephone
Prosecutor Thomas Dunlevy told the Ventura County Star that
Jackson, who has been jailed since his arrest on June 30, 2008, was
potentially facing 60 years to life.
A California native, Jackson is perhaps best known for his brief
stint on “TUF 4,” during which he was ejected from the reality show
by UFC President Dana White for leaving the filming premises
without permission, allegedly to rendezvous with a female
lifeguard. Despite not competing in the tournament, Jackson fought
at the season finale against Pete Spratt,
to whom Jackson submitted in the second round after suffering an
apparent neck injury.
Jackson has not competed in a sanctioned MMA contest since March