Justin Eilers Update: 15 Years For Killer
Posted by representingpuroresu on 11/14/2009
In what likely is the conclusion of a tragic MMA-related story I’ve been following for nearly a year, the killer of MMA fighter Justin Eilers was sentenced yesterday on voluntary manslaughter charges. James Malec, Eilers’ stepfather, received a sentence of 15 years in jail and must serve at least 6 1/2 years of that sentence. That was the maximum he could get. Prosecutors wanted charges of second-degree murder initially, which likely would’ve meant anywhere from 20 years to life.
Eilers was killed following a domestic dispute in which Malec’s defense attorney claimed the professional fighter threatened to kill his stepfather. Moore testified that she did not hear the threats, and that Eilers was backing away from Malec when the single shot responsible for his death on the scene was fired.
Eilers had a career MMA record of 19-7-1, including a 1-3 mark in UFC. One of those 3 losses, which were all in a row, came in a UFC Heavyweight Title fight. Following that losing streak he went 10-2 over the rest of his career, including 7 straight wins after his UFC release until he lost to Pedro Rizzo in March ’07. He would win his next 3 then lose his final fight, a 2nd round TKO by Antonio Silva in EliteXC in July ’08. Eilers then planned to drop from Heavyweight to Light Heavyweight.
Perhaps the outcome is best summed up by comments from Malec’s wife, Gwen Moore, following sentencing: “Jim will get to live his life again one day,” Moore said. “Justin never will.” That is probably true. Thus it’s really hard to call this closure right now, but it’s time to move on nonetheless.