A former professional cage fighter and Marine Corps sniper – who was jailed for killing an unarmed man during a road rage incident in 2014 — is now accused of sexually abusing a girl he coached at a martial arts studio in Eugene, police said.
Gerald Roy Strebendt, 39, was booked Wednesday into the Lane County Jail on a second-degree sex abuse charge, records show. Eugene police said they believe the martial arts coach, who worked at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, may have abused other underage girls as well.
Strebendt, who held the nickname "The Finishing Machine" during his years as a UFC fighter, used a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle to fatally shoot David Crofut in January 2014.
Strebendt, at left in front, worked on a Blackwater team in Afghanistan.Facebook/Gerald Strebendt
The deadly confrontation unfolded after Crofut's SUV collided with Strebendt's pickup truck on the Bob Straub Parkway in Springfield. Crofut was intoxicated at the time but unarmed.
Following the collision, Strebendt called 911 and was on the phone with an emergency dispatcher when he whipped out his rifle and pulled the trigger. He claimed the killing was an act of self-defense, but he was charged with murder.
Lane County prosecutors later dropped the murder charge and allowed Strebendt to enter a guilty plea of criminally negligent homicide. He was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison but was released last year.
Strebendt fought as a professional mixed-martial artist between 2001 and 2008, boasting nine wins and seven losses.
After his conviction, Strebendt's defense lawyer, Mike Arnold, self-published the book "Finishing Machine: Was It Road Rage Murder or Self-Defense," a 425-page tome detailing the pair's legal battle.
After his release, Strebendt landed a job as a security consultant for a marijuana growing operation run by Arnold in Creswell, the Eugene Register-Guard reported.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."