Ex-CB Browner reportedly gets 8 years in prison
Former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner, best known as a member of Seattle's Legion of Boom, was sentenced to eight years in California state prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder, TMZ reported Tuesday.
The 34-year-old former Pro Bowl selection was originally charged with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary (person present) and false imprisonment, as well as two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.
He was facing a possible life sentence.
According to TMZ, Browner pleaded no contest to the attempted murder and two child endangerment charges in exchange for the remaining charges being dropped. He was immediately remanded into custody and is currently behind bars, the outlet reported.
On July 8, police in La Verne, Calif., answered a report that a man had broken into a home through a locked window. The caller identified the man as Browner and said she tried to flee but that he physically forced her back into her residence and, per TMZ, smothered her in a carpet.
The police report said that Browner physically harmed the woman and threatened to kill her. According to police, Browner fled the scene before police arrived, and he also was accused of taking a Rolex watch valued at $20,000 from the victim.
He was arrested later that afternoon in Azusa, Calif., without incident.
An undrafted free agent after playing at Oregon State, Browner played five seasons in the NFL, with the Seahawks from 2011-13 and one season apiece with the New England Patriots (2014) and the New Orleans Saints (2015). He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2011.
He won Super Bowl championships with Seattle and New England.
Browner also played in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders before making an NFL roster.
--Field Level Media