MORGAN HILL, Calif. — Former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for rape, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office said Thursday.
In July, a Santa Clara County jury found Stubblefield guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment and acquitted him of raping a person incapable of giving consent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Jurors also determined that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, according to Santa Clara County prosecutors.
“He took advantage of her, he preyed on her, he thought because of her disability and the fact that they were alone that she wouldn’t report it and that she wouldn’t be able to testify in court, but the jury felt otherwise,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tim McInery said.
Stubblefield’s attorneys had labeled the charges “absolutely ridiculous” and said the accusations were motivated by money, KNTV reported. Stubblefield will have 60 days to appeal the sentence, the television station reported.
“We’re very confident that if the jury had the correct information, they would have (come) to a different conclusion,” attorney Allen Sawyer told TMZ.
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