Ex-MMA fighter receives maximum sentence for child abuse

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A former local MMA fighter received the maximum prison sentence Friday for sexually abusing a young family member. Gabriel Merendon abused his relative several times from the age of eight to 12-years-old. The Bernalillo County District Attorney says Merendon even threatened the child with a gun.

The victim testified at his trial earlier this year and the jury found him guilty on all 14 counts. Friday, the judge sentenced Merendon to a maximum of 240 years behind bars.


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