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Football player sentenced over domestic violence

When accusations of domestic violence surface, the life of a person facing charges may change in a flash. Upon being taken into custody for intimate partner violence, they may lose their job and face scrutiny in the public eye that they will never be able to recover from. In some instances, people can have their lives shattered over false allegations, even if they are found not guilty, due to the stigma of this offense and the attention surrounding their arrest. 

A man who used to play football for the Arizona Wildcats was recently sentenced to prison over two separate domestic violence incidents. The man, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in September, was apprehended right after the hearing and held in the county jail until his sentencing. He was recently sentenced to five years behind bars (two-and-a-half years for each count of assault).

Two women came forward and accused the man of domestic violence, one of whom claimed she was choked and hit. The former football player was a running back for the Wildcats during the 2016 season. He participated in two games but was let go from the team on the same day he was taken into custody. In addition to prison time, he will also have to pay $22,000 worth of restitution.

Sometimes, those accused of domestic violence may feel as if there is nowhere to turn. However, it is critical for those charged with this offense to look into their options and some have protected their future by talking to a legal professional.

Source: Tucson.com, "Ex-Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford gets 5-year prison term," Caitlin Schmidt, Nov. 20, 2017

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