Former NFL Lineman Dana Stubblefield Now Facing 15 Years To Life
Former NFL lineman for the 49ers Dana Stubblefield is facing 15 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of rape Monday after a 9 month-long trial.
According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Stubblefield "lured a developmentally disabled woman to his home" in Morgan Hill, California, under the guise of a babysitter job interview on April 9, 2015.
According to People Magazine, the victim — who was 31 at the time — was contacted via a babysitter hiring website, and she immediately reported the crime to Morgan Hill Police.
"Stubblefield was also found to have used a gun during the sexual assault, though he was found not guilty of the rape of a person incapable of giving consent, and oral copulation of a person incapable of giving consent."
Stubblefield faces 15-years-to-life in prison and is currently being held without bail as he awaits his sentencing.
“This was a triumph of resilience,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “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 defense team argued that the assault was instead a "paid encounter for sex," according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reported that attorneys will seek a new trial, People reported.
"There's a lot of information that we have that the jury was not allowed to have that we think would have been impactful to their decision," Stubblefield's attorney Allen Sawyer told the outlet. "We expect to keep fighting for Mr. Stubblefield's innocence. We will clear his name, and we look forward to fighting this out in the courts. This is just the first battle.''
Stubblefield, 49, was a first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 1993 from the University of Kansas. He played 11 NFL seasons, made the Pro Bowl three times and was the 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after registering a career-high 15 sacks, NBC Sports noted.