Former NFL player Stubblefield sentenced to 15 years

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SAN JOSE, Calif .– Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was sentenced to 15 years in life on Thursday for raping a woman with an intellectual disability that prosecutors said she lured to his house with the promise of babysitting work.

The sentence was handed down by a San Jose judge after dismissing a defense request for a new trial, the Mercury News reported. Last week, the Sixth District Court of Appeals dismissed a related motion filed on Stubblefield’s behalf by his attorneys.

In July, a jury found Stubblefield, 49, guilty of raping the woman at gunpoint. He was also found guilty of forced oral copulation and false imprisonment. He has been held at the Santa Clara County Main Jail since the verdict.

Stubblefield began his 11-year NFL lineman career with the 49ers in 1993 as the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. He went on to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1997 before leaving the team to play for Washington. He returned to the Bay Area to end his career, playing with the 49ers in 2000-01 and the Raiders in 2003.

A day before the April 2015 assault, Stubblefield contacted the 31-year-old on a babysitting website and set up an interview, prosecutors said.

According to a report from the Morgan Hill Police Department, the interview lasted about 20 minutes. She later received a text from Stubblefield telling her that he wanted to pay her for her time that day, and she returned home.

After raping her, Stubblefield gave her $ 80 and let her go, according to the report. The woman immediately went to the police and reported the rape. The DNA evidence matched that of Stubblefield, according to the report.

Defense lawyers argued that there was no rape and that the woman had consented to sex.

Allen Sawyer, one of the attorneys for the Stubblefield trial, said the defense team were not allowed to show the jury strong evidence that would have supported the claim.

After the conviction Thursday, Sawyer pointed out that the jury dismissed two felony charges alleging that Stubblefield exploited a woman who was mentally incapable of consenting to sex.

“We proved it, and the jury found it wasn’t true,” Sawyer said. “This false narrative corrupted this trial from start to finish. ”

Copyright par The 2020 Associated Press.

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