An ex NFL player named Dana Stubblefield is charged with the rape of a woman in a California courtroom on Monday.
The 49-year-old former San Francisco 49ers player was found liable for bringing a developmentally disabled woman into his Morgan Hill home for the job of babysitting from a babysitting website but instead, he raped her. The victim then went to the Morgan Hill Police Department and registered a complaint. The incident took place in April 2015.
Stubblefield has been sentenced to 15 years of life in prison.
As mentioned by the jury and stated by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, the charges include rape by force using a firearm, forced oral copulation, and false imprisonment. Raping a person unfit for giving consent and oral copulation of a person unfit for giving consent are other charges incorporated as well.
The former 49ers player was sent back to jail after the final verdict.
Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County’s District Attorney said that “This was a triumph of resilience.” His statement mentioned in Santa Clara’s government official website says “The victim has struggled her whole life with learning disabilities and challenges to be self-sufficient.
If we are not fighting for her, then who are we fighting for? It has been a long road for this remarkable woman and we are thankful to the jury for providing her some closure and, for our community, justice after an unconscionable and violent crime.”
Stubblefield’s lawyer named Allen Sawyer maintains his belief that his client is not guilty.
He also said that COVID-19 has led to “unprecedented jury trial circumstances” and this has inhibited a fair trial.
Furthermore, he claims the jury’s difficulty in recalling evidence presented months ago.
“The jury was in a panel in January and it stopped for two months because of COVID, then it stopped again for weeks on time,” said the attorney to Stubblefield.
Attorney said that it is a challenging time for Stubblefield and his family but they are “resilient.”