The Latest: Ex-Wyoming football player sentenced to 6 months
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former University of Wyoming football player accused of inappropriately touching two women(all times local):
A former University of Wyoming football star accused of inappropriately touching two women has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading no contest to two misdemeanors.
Carl Granderson was sentenced Thursday in Laramie, Wyoming, after entering the plea to the reduced charges of sexual battery and unlawful contact under a plea deal.
However, the Laramie Boomerang reports that Judge Tori Kricken rejected the punishment of one year on probation laid out in the deal. The defensive end was led away in handcuffs at the end of the hearing.
Two university students say Granderson touched them sexually while they slept at his apartment in 2018. They told Kricken the deal was too lenient and said Granderson should have been forced to plead guilty.
Granderson signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in April. The Saints didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the plea and sentence.
Court documents indicate a former University of Wyoming football star has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a sexual assault case.
Twenty-two-year-old Carl Granderson had been scheduled to go on trial Monday for third-degree sexual assault after pleading not guilty. But he filed documents Wednesday requesting a hearing to change his plea and be sentenced. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that prosecutors filed documents modifying the sexual assault charge to one count of unlawful contact.
Two female university students say Granderson touched them sexually while they slept at his Laramie apartment in 2018.
Granderson, a two-time all-Mountain West selection, was widely considered to be Wyoming’s top draft prospect before he was charged. He signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in April.