Ex-Wyoming football player signed by the Saints seeks retrial in sex assault case

WWL Newsroom
July 28, 2019 - 6:44 pm



A former University of Wyoming football player who was signed by the New Orleans Saints and who pleaded no contest to sexual battery and unlawful touching now wants a new trial.  

The attorney for Carl Granderson,  told a judge that Granderson wants to withdraw his plea, according to reports.  He is also asking to have his six-month jail sentence overturned.  

The grounds have not been  made public for Granderson's challenge.  Some court documents in the case were filed under seal, and defense attorney Megan Overman Goetz told a newspaper in Wyoming she couldn't comment.

Granderson was a defensive end for Wyoming.  Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said last week the team was waiting to see the outcome of the court case before deciding what action they would take.

Granderson was originally charged with third-degree sexual assault, which can carry a prison term of up to 10 years.  He made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to lesser charges, and prosecutors recommended a sentence of one year of unsupervised probation.

Judge Tori Kricken rejected the sentence and imposed the jail term during a hearing on July 11.  

After listening to emotional testimony from two students who said Granderson molested them as they slept at his apartment, the judge said Granderson's actions demonstrated "very little sense of responsibility."

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