Donald Cerrone has been charged with third-degree assault in the state of Colorado after getting into an altercation during a recent boating trip.
The ‘lake rage’ incident was sparked by the other party’s reckless behavior and led to Cerrone taking mild physical action against him.
“Donald A. Cerrone, 30 years of age, has been charged with Third Degree Assault by a summons to court, and it is a Class One Misdemeanor. There is no warrant for him at this time,” the official charge sheet reads.
“Mr. Cerrone and another person, Jeffrey S. Aley, were involved in a boating rage incident (similar to road rage but by use of boats) on Lake Granby. The incident escalated to the point where Mr Cerrone assaulted Mr. Aley.
“Mr. Aley was also charged with Reckless Operation of a boat and Reckless Endangerment, a Class Three Misdemeanor. The case is still ongoing, and has not been concluded in court.”
Colorado state law defines third-degree assault as “knowingly recklessly causing bodily injury to another person” with any amount of pain alone being enough to satisfy the “injury” requirement, even where there is no actual injury.
It carries a maximum possible sentence of two years in county jail, although this is rare. Mitigating factors include provocation by the other party which, as the victim was charged with reckless boating himself, seems to be the case here.
Cerrone is fighting for the UFC next week, facing Rafael Dos Anjos in Indianapolis at UFC Fight Night 27.