Nearly six months after he was arrested for forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and trying to smother her to death, former NFL star cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Browner, 34, broke into a former flame’s house in La Verne, California on July 8, ignoring a restraining order the woman had in place against him, police said. When she tried to escape, he pulled her back into the home, where he assaulted her and told her that he would kill her, NBC Los Angeles reports.
He later fled the scene with a Rolex watch worth $20,000, but was arrested that same day in Azusa and charged with kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment and violation of a restraining order, according to the outlet.
A judge sentenced Browner to eight years on Tuesday for his crimes, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prior to his sentencing, Browner reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, and pleaded no contest to one felony count of attempted murder and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child, the office said.
The judge also ordered Browner to stay away from the woman and her children, who were at home at the time of the attack, for the next 10 years.
Browner tried to kill his former partner by smothering her with a carpet, according to a release issued by the LA County DA.
The incident was reportedly not his first domestic violence offense. The former Pro Bowler was put on probation following a May 2018 arrest for domestic battery and child endangerment, TMZ reports.
He pleaded no contest to the charges, though the details of that particular incident have not been reported. He was arrested later that same month after cops caught him with cocaine, according to another report by TMZ.
Browner, who played his last pro game in 2015, won two consecutive Super Bowls during his career, playing for the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks during their respective championship victories.
[Photo Credit: La Verne Police Department]
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