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More On BJ Whitmer’s Sentencing For Domestic Violence, + More News

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As we reported yesterday here on eWn, BJ Whitmer was sentenced on charges of domestic violence this week, and the sentencing memorandum has been released with new details on the process. The former wrestler and AEW producer was sentenced to 120 days of house arrest on charges of strangulation and second-degree burglary relating to a June 2023 incident, which led to his immediate termination from AEW. Investigative reporter BJ Bethel has released the sentencing memorandum with the victim’s name redacted, which provides some details on why a plea deal was reached.

According to the memorandum, the Commonwealth of Kentucky met with the victim on January 17 to discuss plea deal options and the reasons for each of them, but the victim disagreed with all of the offers. She was told that she has the right to convey her thoughts on the matter to the court at the sentencing hearing. Whitmer accepted an Alford plea on both charges on January 29th. An Alford plea is one in which the defendant acknowledges there is enough evidence for a reasonable jury to convict and thus pleads guilty, while still maintaining their innocence. It is also known as a “best interests” plea.

The memorandum goes on to say that the Commonwealth explained to the victim that much of the trial would boil down to the credibility between the victim and Whitmer and “how unpredictable these determinations can be.” It was noted that the victim never had a medical examination done after the incident and there was no “physical evidence” to present at a trial. The document notes that the victim spoke with Whitmer’s employer at the time (AEW) and received a “cash settlement and signed a non-disclosure agreement,” which Whitmer’s defense team confirmed.

It went on to say that:

“The Commonwealth anticipates that [DELETED] would testify at trial that her emails to AEW were meant to be informational and she had no intention of seeking compensation. The Commonwealth acknowledges that these emails would be open to interpretation by a Jury.”

Several sources in AEW indicated at the time of Whitmer’s arrest that the company reached out to the victim to provide any personal support they could following the arrest.

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