Sacto 9-1-1
November 30, 2012
Former NFL player gets life term for robberies, sex assaults

Former National Football League defensive lineman Keith Jerome Wright was sentenced today to a prison term of 114 years to life, plus 120 years and eight months, for sexually assaulting a woman and robbing two men in their Natomas area homes last year.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael A. Savage told Wright, 32, a college graduate who was raised in a stable home, "it's stunning you find yourself in the position you find yourself today." A jury on Oct. 22 convicted Wright on 19 felony counts related to three residential robberies.

Wright maintained his innocence and claimed he did not get a fair trial. Savage characterized the comment,"in light of the evidence in this case," as "remarkable."

Testifying at trial, Wright said his sexual contact with the victim in the case was consensual. The judge said such testimony, in effect, "continued his assault against the victim."

A Santa Clara native, Wrigtht was raised in Sacramento and played football at Sacramento City College before he was recruited by the University of Missouri. He was later drafted by the Houston Texans and played on their practice squad, along with those of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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