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.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter