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Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence

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49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend, the Santa Clara District Attorney Office announced Thursday morning.

Foster will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in San Jose Thursday. He faces charges of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon – all felonies, according to the DA’s report.

If he is convicted, he could face more than 11 years in prison.

The above allegations come two months after Foster, 24, was arrested in Los Gatos on suspicion of domestic violence. The DA’s Thursday report provided some disturbing new details within the case.

According to the report, Foster attacked his 28-year-old girlfriend during an argument, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured ear drum. Foster allegedly dragged his girlfriend by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.

Shortly after the assault, the victim was treated for injuries at a local hospital, according to the report. Officers then found illegal weaponry in Foster’s Los Gatos home, including a Sig Sauer 516 assault rifle with a large capacity magazine, both of which are illegal to possess in California.

The above accusations came one month after Foster was arrested for possession of marijuana in his home state of Alabama.

Foster produced a terrific rookie season after being selected 31st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. His future with the 49ers, however, may depend on the verdict in his upcoming case.

“We’d love Reuben to be on this team,” York told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco during NFL owners meetings. “And we’d love him to participate for us, but if he’s not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him – or he’s doing something that we’re not comfortable with off the field and it’s proven that’s what’s going on — I think (Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch) have said then you’re just going to have to move on.”


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