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Ex-Dallas Cowboys star C.J. Spillman sentenced to five years in prison

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Players in the National Football League haven't been the best at staying out of trouble recently, with the likes of Cody Latimer, Cameron Artis-Payne and TJ McDonald all being arrested by law enforcement since the Super Bowl.

While all those guys will probably get away with a fine or a few points on their driving license, one former NFL player who isn't as lucky is C.J. Spillman.

Spillman was sentenced to five years in prison recently and can almost certainly say goodbye to his career in the league.


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Sexual Assault Charge

According to a report from ESPN, Spillman was convicted of a sexual assault charge following an incident at a Dallas hotel in 2014.

"Grapevine police say a woman reported that Spillman raped her on Sept. 20, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan Resort, where he was staying," the ESPN piece stated.

Apparently, Spillman maintained that the encounter was completely consensual.

"Testifying in his own defense Thursday, Spillman acknowledged having sex with the woman but insisted it was consensual."

Guilty Charge

It did not take long for the jury to find Spillman guilty of the charge.

"A Tarrant County jury deliberated a little over an hour before sentencing Spillman in Fort Worth on Friday. Jurors had deliberated less than two hours Thursday before returning a conviction."

Spillman's sentence could have ranged from 20 years in probation to just probation. The presiding judge made sure that he was incarcerated.

Spillman played his college football at the Marshall Thundering Herd and was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played for the Chargers and San Francisco 49ers before joining the Cowboys in 2014. He played the majority of his career as a special teams specialist.

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