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Teenager sentenced to 35 years for shooting UFC veteran Mikey Burnett

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The 2016 shooting case of former UFC fighter Mikey Burnett, and his son, is officially closed with sentences handed out to three individuals involved in the attack.

On February 29th, 2016, Mikey Burnett, UFC veteran and star of The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback, was shot multiple times in a botched armed robbery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Burnett, who fought three times for the UFC in the late 90s, received four bullet wounds to the abdomen during the incident. Burnett’s son Freddie was also shot during the attack. Both Burnett and his son survived the shooting.

Tulsa World reports that yesterday Harold Thompson, 17, was sentenced to 35 years in prison after he entered blind guilty pleas to two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery with a firearm. The lengthy sentence comes despite Thompson being charged as a ‘youthful offender.’

At the Tulsa County Courthouse the sentencing judge remarked that the shooting of Burnett had been “shockingly cruel.” Thompson was 16 at the time, when he along with Kywaun Washington, 17, approached Burnett and his son in the parking lot of Rib Crib restaurant.

Police state that Thompson pulled a gun on Burnett and demanded his wallet. Burnett told Tulsa World that he told Thompson, “F**k you. You ain’t getting s**t.” After this interaction a struggle ensued. Thompson then began firing his weapon. Thompson and Washington then left the scene in a vehicle being driven by Otelia Warrior, 31.

Washington pleaded guilty on May 23rd, 2016 to his role in the crime and received a 10-year sentence under the supervision of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. Warrior entered guilty pleas on September 21st, 2016 on charges of being an accessory to attempted robbery with a firearm. She received a four year prison sentence.

Jennifer Griffith, Freddie Burnett’s mother spoke to Tulsa World about the ordeal suffered by her family in the wake of the shooting. “There were times we weren’t sure if he was gonna make it,” said Griffth about Mikey Burnett and his injuries. Griffith also stated that the incident had cost the family tens of thousands of dollars in lost income and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Griffith told Tulsa World she felt Thompson’s sentencing was “fair”, though she added it was, “sad that he threw his life away.”

Assistant District Attorney Kevin Keller also spoke to Tulsa World about Thompson’s sentencing. “Sometimes when you do an adult crime, you’ll do an adult time,” said Thompson. You can watch all of Thompson’s comments in this video.

If you’d like to donate money towards Mikey Burnett’s medical expenses, you can do so via a GoFundMe page set up by Princess DeAnna Stephenson. That page has currently raised $26,633 in pursuit of a $35,000 goal.

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