LA VERNE, CALIFORNIA – Former NFL player Brandon Browner was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest to attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend at her La Verne home in July, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday, Dec. 4.
As a part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Browner, 34, of Pomona pleaded no contest to one felony count of attempted murder and two misdemeanors of cruelty to a child. Browner had been previously charged with other felony charges of first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary with a person present and false imprisonment. Before taking the plea deal, if Browner had been convicted of the felony charges, he would have faced a possible life prison sentence.
Browner, who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house on July 8, was accused of chasing his ex-girlfriend after she tried to escape, dragging her into the house and then smothering her in a carpet. The woman’s two children were present during the attack.
After Browner entered his plea, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Bruce F. Marrs immediately sentenced him and issued a 10-year protective stay-away order for the victims, said Paul Eakins, spokesman for the district attorney’s office.
Browner was arrested on July 8, several hours after the attack. Police said at the time of Browner’s arrest that he was previously in a relationship with the woman, and had been arrested before on suspicion of domestic violence against her.
In a separate incident, Browner was arrested in La Verne in September 2017 on suspicion of making criminal threats against a woman. It was unclear if Browner was ever charged in that incident. Browner’s attorney, Jill Ashley Carter, declined to comment on questions regarding the terms of the plea deal with prosecutors.
Browner, a former standout football player at Sylmar High School, played cornerback in the NFL for five seasons. During his professional career, Browner played in one Pro Bowl in 2011 and won two Super Bowls — one in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks and a second with the New England Patriots in 2015.