NFL cornerback Richard Sherman pleads guilty to 2 counts

By Gene Johnson, Associated Press on March 7, 2022.

FILE – Richard Sherman stands to leave a King County District Court hearing, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Seattle. Sherman, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor charges stemming from drunk driving and domestic disturbance last summer as part of a deal that spares him further sentencing. from prison. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman pleaded guilty in Seattle Monday to two misdemeanor charges stemming from drunk driving and domestic disturbance last summer, in the part of a deal that spared him further jail time.

Sherman was arrested on July 14 after police say he crashed his SUV in a construction zone and attempted to break into his in-laws’ suburban Seattle home. His stepfather, Raymond Moss, told officers he armed himself with a handgun and pepper sprayed Sherman to protect his family.

The attempted break-in was captured by the house’s surveillance camera, which was later released by the court.

Sherman, who said after the arrest he was “deeply remorseful,” pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court on Monday to two counts of misdemeanor, first-degree negligent driving and second-degree criminal trespass. . He also admitted a criminal offense of speeding in a roadway construction zone.

“I’m grateful for the community we have and the way people continue to accept you even though you’re an imperfect human being and you made a mistake,” Sherman told the court.

Sherman, a former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star, will pay about $825 in legal fees, plus $500 for speeding in the construction zone, and will be under court supervision for two years. He will have to pay an as yet undetermined amount in compensation for damage to his in-laws’ home and to the state Department of Transportation.

The judge recognized Sherman for the two days he spent in custody during his first arrest and suspended the remaining 88 days of the sentence, meaning he will not be required to serve any additional time behind bars if he stays out of trouble.

In an email, the King County prosecutor’s office said the resolution was consistent with comparable cases.

“Mr. Sherman has not received special treatment one way or the other,” spokesperson Casey McNerthney wrote.

Sherman initially faced multiple misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence, reckless endangerment of highway workers, second-degree criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, and third-degree malicious mischief.

Sherman had been belligerent, drunk heavily and talked about killing himself when he left his Maple Valley home on the night of July 13, according to police reports. His wife, Ashley Sherman, called 911 in an attempt to have the police stop. He crashed in a construction zone along Highway 520 and then drove to his in-laws’ home in Redmond.

Sherman, 33, became a sports legend in Seattle during seven seasons with the Seahawks. The cornerback was a star in their run to a 2014 Super Bowl victory, making a game-saving play to deflect a pass in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

He is also the founder of the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides low-income students with school supplies and clothing.

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