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Friday, December 18, 2009

Former Canadian Football League Player Sentenced To More Than 31 Years In Jail

Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been sentenced to more than 31 years in prison in total for attacking his girlfriend and, in a separate incident, driving his car into three teens.

Phillips, 34, was sentenced Friday in San Diego for assault and other crimes.

Phillips told the judge he didn't get a fair trail and he'll appeal.

Phillips twice choked his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego. Later that year, he aimed his car and struck three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles.

A Los Angeles judge gave him 10 years for that attack but he was re-sentenced to seven years on Friday.

Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. The St. Louis Rams selected him sixth overall in the 1996 draft but released him the following year due to insubordination.

After stints with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the Montreal Alouettes in 2002 and contributed to their Grey Cup win that season, but was released the next year for behavioural reasons.


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