Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield sentenced to 15 years to life

Ross Houston
October 26, 2020

Stubblefield was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Thursday for raping a prospective babysitter at his Morgan Hill home.

Earlier this year, former San Francisco 49ers player Dana Stubblefield was found guilty of raping a woman under the false pretense of needing a babysitter. The Sixth District Court of Appeal has also reportedly denied a petition from Stubblefield's legal team. Stubblefield started his career in the NFL as the league's defensive rookie in 1993 with the 49ers. He won Super Bowl XXIX with the Niners in 1995 and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1997. He returned to the Bay Area to finish his career, playing with the 49ers in 2000-01 and the Raiders in 2003.

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 incident took place in Morgan Hill, California.

Doe testified, backed in part by text messages gathered by Morgan Hill police, that after she and Stubblefield finished an initial interview and she left his house, he texted her, saying he would like to pay her for having come up from Hollister. The woman immediately went to police and reported the rape. "We are as adamant as ever that Mr. Stubblefield is innocent", he said.

Defense attorneys argued that there was no rape and that the woman consented to sex.

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.

Stubblefield, 49, was convicted in July following a nine-month trial. The jury found Stubblefield not guilty of the rape of a person incapable of giving consent and oral copulation of a person incapable of giving consent.

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