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‘Mayhem’ Miller arrested for felony vandalism, in danger of facing jail sentence

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Jason Miller was arrested Friday on a felony charge that could violate his existing probation.

The former UFC and Strikeforce star was arrested Friday and charged with felony vandalism, per online records. Miller, best known by his nickname “Mayhem,” is currently in custody without bail set in Orange County, Calif. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Tuesday and is due back in court Oct. 31 for a bail review.

Miller, 37, is being accused of entering a woman’s house and destroying some of her property Friday, including smashing a marble table, punching holes in and removing the doors to the home and derailing the garage door, per Orange County District Attorney spokesperson Michelle Van Der Linden.

The La Habra Police Department arrested Miller at the scene, Van Der Linden said. Vandalism in California rises to a felony when the damage surpasses $400.

The charge is made more significant for Miller, because he is currently on probation after pleading guilty to corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in November 2017. Miller cut a plea deal and was given three years of probation and a suspended four-year state prison sentence with credit for 62 days served.

At the time, Miller was released to a rehab facility. The stipulations were that he had to stay sober and not violate his probation or he’d have to serve the remainder of his state prison sentence.

Miller pleaded guilty to another felony vandalism charge, as well as assault with a weapon on a peace officer, resisting arrest, false imprisonment and battery in April 2017. Those latter charges (four felonies) stem from a 2015 incident. His probation was revoked and reactivated in January 2018. The end date, before this current charge, was set to be June 13, 2020.

”Jason is a great guy and I love him like a brother,” Miller’s lawyer Cameron Talley told City News Service on Tuesday. “It is incredibly sad to see these continued police contacts, but I have faith he can straighten out his life.”

Miller last fought in 2016 for Italian promotion Venator. In his prime, “Mayhem” was one of the best middleweights in the world. Miller owns career victories over the likes of Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy and Kazushi Sakuraba. He was cut from the UFC in 2012.

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