Former CFL, NFL player Brandon Browner sentenced to 8 years for attempted murder

Prosecutors say former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Southern California home.

34-year-old broke into ex-girlfriend's home to try to kill her

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for attempted murder and child endangerment. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Prosecutors say former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Southern California home.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Browner was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to attempted murder as part of a deal with prosecutors. The 34-year-old also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child.

The judge ordered Browner to stay away from the victim and her two children for 10 years.

Browner, who won Super Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, was arrested in July.

Investigators said Browner broke into the apartment, chased and dragged the woman and then tried to smother her in a carpet.

Browner was a member of the Calgary Stampeders for five seasons beginning in 2006. He won a Grey Cup with the CFL team in 2008. He went on to sign with the Seahawks for the 2011 season. 

With files from CBC Sports

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