One of the original members of the Seattle Seahawks vaunted “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield felt the weight of California’s legal come down on him Tuesday. As a result from charges stemming from disturbing domestic violence and attempted murder charges that led to his arrest, Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Over five NFL seasons, Browner spent time with the Seahawks, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints. He was a member of the 2014 champion Patriots team and was named to one Pro Bowl in 2011. He had 12 career interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and 225 tackles.
As for the horrific situation that resulted in the sentence, the situation was described as the following shortly after Browner’s initial arrest by Los Angeles news station KTLA:
“Browner allegedly broke into the woman’s home and stole a $20,000 Rolex watch, police said. The woman had a restraining order against him, but he entered the residence through a locked window.
He also allegedly assaulted the victim by dragging her before smothering her in a carpet, the DA’s office said in a separate news release. Her two children were present during the abuse … [Browner] fled the scene before the authorities arrived, but was arrested within hours of the incident.”
Brandon Browner has been in custody of La Verne (California) Police Department since his arrest. The charges against him, in total, amounted to four felonies – attempted murder, false imprisonment, burglary, and robbery – along with two misdemeanors (both for child endangerment). The woman, his ex-girlfriend, had kids at her home, with is why the child endangerment charges were part of it.
The arrest happened on July 8, 2018.
Browner, now 34, will receive credit for time already served. But as part of his guilty plea for the attempted murder charge, the others against him were dropped.