MMA fighter given five life sentences

Published: Feb. 1, 2019 at 6:02 PM CST
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A former MMA fighter has been given five life sentences for beating a woman and setting her on fire.

Nehemiah Hellems, 36, stayed with his aunt while on parole in March for kidnapping.

Police say Hellems called the woman home from work and accused her of stealing his meth and threatened to kill her dog.

Hellems brutally beat her for more than 8 hours. Police say Hellems choked her several times until she was unconscious and then set her on fire.

The victim spent a week in intensive care and months recovering from her injuries.

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