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Jury finds former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield guilty of rape


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Concluding a nine-month trial, a San Jose jury found former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield guilty of forcible rape on Monday for an incident that took place in his Morgan Hill home on April 9, 2015, as reported by NBC Bay Area. He faces 15-years-to-life in prison according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney.

Stubblefield, 49, was declared guilty of rape by force, menace or fear and guilty of using a firearm in commission of the crime. The victim was a developmentally disabled woman who went to Stubblefield’s home to be interviewed as a potential babysitter.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Stubblefield’s interview with the woman lasted 20 minutes before she left the house. Stubblefield texted her, asking her to return so he could pay her for her time. Stubblefield raped her after she returned, and then gave her $80. The woman immediately went to Morgan Hill Police Department to report the incident. DNA evidence matched that of Stubblefield, the report said.

Though certainly the most egregious incident, Stubblefield is no stranger to legal trouble. In 2010, a federal judge sentenced the former 49ers star to 90 days in jail for stealing his former girlfriend’s mail. Stubblefield also admitted to submitting change of address forms so his ex-girlfriends unemployment checks would go to his house.

Stubblefield was placed on probation in 2009 after pleading guilty to lying to investigators about his steroid use during his time in the NFL.

Stubblefield was the 26th overall pick by the 49ers in 1993, and made three Pro Bowls with the team. He was named as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1993, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1997, his final season in San Francisco.

 

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