Former San Francisco 49er athlete, Dana Stubblefield was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the 2015 rape of a developmentally disabled woman.
The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the 49-year-old was convicted by a judge in San Jose on Thursday, October 22, after declining a prosecution motion for a new trial.
He was sentenced in July after a nine-month appeal, after a jury found him guilty of rape by coercion, oral copulation by coercion, and false imprisonment after luring the woman to his home with a pledge of maternity work. The jury also found out he was using a pistol in the attack.
A day before the April 2015 attack, Stubblefield approached a 31-year-old woman on a babysitter ‘s website and scheduled an interview, the prosecutors said.
Morgan Hill Police Department said that the woman’s questioning lasted about 20 minutes. Later, she got a text from Stubblefield saying that he wanted to pay her for her time that day, and she went back to the home.
After she was raped, Stubblefield gave her $80 and let her go. But on her way home, the woman went to the police immediately and reported the attack, the article said.
“‘No’ meant little to the complainant,” said Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny. “Based on his position, I believe he has never been kept responsible for previous criminal conduct. Today, he has been adequately held accountable.”
Stubblefield ‘s counsel, Allen Sawyer, disagreed with the jury decision, saying, “We are as assertive as ever that Mr. Stubblefield is innocent,” he said to CNN.
He claims that the accused is not mentally impaired and tells evidence to show that he was disqualified from the courtroom.
Sawyer also disclosed he will file an appeal with the hope of ‘reintroducing excluded evidence, arguing additionally that holding a trial during a pandemic created an atmosphere that unduly impacted the jurors’ decision.
Stubblefield played in the NFL as a defensive battle back in 1993, when he won the 49-strong NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He also played with Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders, but retired due to injury shortly after signing the New England Patriots in 2004.
He received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1997, made three All-Star and Pro Bowl teams, and received the Super Bowl Ring for the 49ers in the Super Bowl XXIX.