Former NFL player Dana Stubblefield convicted of rape

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Dana Stubblefield, 49, was convicted of luring a woman with developmental disabilities to her Morgan Hill home in April 2015 with the promise of a babysitting job after contacting her via a website child care. He faces 15 years in prison for life.

The former defensive tackle, who was with the 49ers for seven years, was found guilty by a jury on charges of forcible rape with a gun, forced oral copulation and false imprisonment, according to the office of the Santa Clara District Attorney. He was acquitted of the other charges of rape of a person unable to give consent and oral copulation of a person unable to give consent.

Stubblefield was returned to jail without bail after the verdict was read.

Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen called the move a “triumph of resilience” in a statement released Monday.

“The victim has struggled her entire life with learning disabilities and challenges to be independent,” Rosen said. “If we don’t fight for her, then who are we fighting for?” It has been a long road for this remarkable woman and we thank the jury for providing her with some closure and, for our community, justice after unacceptable and violent action. criminality. “Allen Sawyer, Stubblefield’s attorney, said he “strongly believed” his client to be innocent. They plan to appeal the decision.

He also said there were “unprecedented jury trial circumstances” due to Covid-19 that prevented Stubblefield from enjoying due process.

“It was very difficult for the jurors to try to remember the evidence presented months ago,” Sawyer told CNN on Monday. “The jury was on a panel in January and it stopped for two months because of Covid, then it stopped again for weeks on time. ”

Sawyer said it was a “very difficult time” for his client and his family, but Stubblefield is “resilient”.

Stubblefield was the 49ers’ first draft pick in 1993. From 1993 to 2003, he spent a total of seven years with the San Francisco 49ers, three years with the Washington football team, and one year with the Washington Raiders. ‘Oakland as a defensive tackle.

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