Alexander Emelianenko gets 4 1/2 years for sexual assault

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MOSCOW (AP) — The brother of former mixed martial arts champion Fedor Emelianenko has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

Alexander Emelianenko, who is also an MMA fighter, was found guilty of attacking a woman who was cleaning his apartment in March 2014.

In an interview with Russian television, the woman accused Emelianenko of beating her when she tried to leave the apartment and keeping her captive overnight.

Court spokesman Oleg Shassaev tells The Associated Press that Emelianenko was also found guilty of stealing the victim's passport.

Emelianenko has had several previous brushes with the law and has boasted of having connections with Russian gangsters.

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