Referee Josh Rosenthal Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison

July 3, 2013 5:06 am by Christopher Murphy


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA


Earlier today, mixed martial arts referee Josh Rosenthal received a 37-month prison sentence with three years of probation and a $100 fee for pleading guilty to several drug charges.


Rosenthal was arrested in 2012 when federal agents raided a warehouse in Oakland, California.  There was reported to be over 1,000 marijuana plants valued at over $6 million.  In April of this year, Rosenthal plead guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and several other drug charges.


The sentence, issued by US District Court judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, reflects that recommended in a plea deal in which the government recommended 37 months in jail and five years of probation.  The final sentence matched the jail time and shortened the probation period to three years.


According to MMAFighting, who contacted Judge Armstrong’s office, Rosenthal has no possibility of parole.


Rosenthal is well-known to MMA fans, as he had officiated many high-profile fights including Anderson Silva’s first defeat of Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.

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