Former Calgary Stampeders defensive back Brandon Browner is officially behind bars.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Browner was admitted to Wasco State Prison near Bakersfield last week to serve the remainder of an eight-year sentence for attempted murder and two misdemeanour counts of child cruelty.
The 35-year-old Browner originally pleaded no contest to charges in December 2018, however, the LA Times reports he attempted to vacate the decision, but a superior court judge denied the motion in February. He won’t be eligible for parole until November 2023.
Browner was arrested in July 2018 after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s California apartment and being charged with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery and other counts. Reports say he chased the woman, dragged her and then smothered her in a carpet and her two children were present when the alleged abuse occurred. He was was also accused of stealing the woman’s Rolex watch valued at $20,000.
He pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder and two counts of willful child endangerment while the remaining charges were dropped. Browner did receive credit for the over 300 days he spent in custody since his arrest and trial.
Browner played four seasons with Calgary from 2007 to 2011, registering 12 interceptions while being named a three-time CFL all-star. The Los Angeles native was a member of Calgary’s 2008 Grey Cup-winning team and he won Super Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.