Dana Stubblefield, a former San Francisco 49ers player, has been served a 15 years to life in prison for a 2015 rape of a developmentally disabled woman.
In a statement made by the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office, the 49 year-old was sentenced on Thursday, October 22, by a judge in San Jose after denying a defense motion for a new trial.
He was convicted in July after a nine-month trial in which a jury found him guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force, and false imprisonment after having lured the woman to his home with the promise of babysitting work. The jury also found out that he had used a gun during the assault.
According to the prosecutors, Stubblefield had contacted the then 31-year-old woman on a baby-sitting website and arranged an interview, a day before the April 2015 assault.
The Morgan Hill Police Department said that the woman’s interview lasted about 20 minutes and later received a text from Stubblefield saying that he wanted to pay her for her time that day, and she went back to the house.
After raping her, Stubblefield gave her the sum of $80 and let her go. However, on her way home, the woman immediately went to the police and reported the rape, the report said.
The Deputy District Attorney, Tim McInerny said;
” ‘No’ meant nothing to this defendant,”
“Based on his status, I think he was never held accountable for prior criminal behavior. Today, he was properly held accountable.”
Although, Stubblefield’s attorney, Allen Sawyer did not agree with the jury’s finding, as he said;
“We are as adamant as ever that Mr. Stubblefield is innocent,”
This is because he believes that the victim is not intellectually disabled and says that the evidence to prove it was excluded from the trial.
Sawyer also disclosed that he will file an appeal with the hope of ‘reintroducing excluded evidence, arguing additionally that holding a trial during a pandemic created an atmosphere that unduly impacted the jurors’ decision.
Starting in 1993, Stubblefield played in the NFL as a defensive tackle when he won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with the 49ers.
He also played for Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders but retired due to an injury shortly after being signed by the New England Patriots in 2004 and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1997, made three All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams, and he won a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX.