Former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest on attempted murder charges, California prosecutors say.
The sentence comes after the 34-year-old Browner was arrested in July after he broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and threatened to kill her, ultimately escalating with Browner attempting to smother the woman.
Browner also fled the scene with the woman's $20,000 watch in his possession.
It was the ugly end to what was a year of horrendous abuse from Browner, with the woman filing for a permanent restraining order earlier in the year, noting Browner's repeated threats to harm her (the woman alleges that Browner himself told her that he was a "dangerous man") and physical abused suffered at the hands of the two-time Super Bowl champion.
“Physically, he has given me several black eyes,” the ex-girlfriend said in her application for a permanent restraining order, per the LA Times. “He has assaulted me and given me a broken tailbone, busted my eardrum... I don’t feel safe leaving my children with him.”
Browner was the Patriots' starting cornerback opposite Darrelle Revis during the 2014 season, which ended with the Patriots defeating the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
It would be Browner's only season with the Patriots, and Browner spent the 2015 season with the New Orleans Saints before falling to make the Seahawks out of training camp the following season.