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Sport Richard Sherman arrested: What to know about the charges facing NFL free agent

13:07  18 july  2021
13:07  18 july  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. The NFL free agent was booked at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and denied bail, according to public records. A judge granted Sherman's release on Thursday after charges were downgraded to five misdemeanor counts.

Sherman, 33, played for the 49ers the past three seasons after starting for the Seahawks from 2011-17. He is also a vice president for the NFL Players Association, which issued a statement Wednesday confirming Sherman's arrest.

Below is a summary of the events that led to Sherman's arrest, based on police accounts and media reports.

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Richard Sherman news

Sherman was arrested and booked at 6:08 a.m. PT (9:08 a.m. ET) Wednesday at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. On Thursday, Amy Dash, a legal analyst for CBS Sports Radio and Fox Sports Radio, reported that Washington state was charging Sherman with one count each of criminal trespass (domestic violence designation), malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The charges are all misdemeanors.

TSN reporter Farhan Lalji followed Dash's update by reporting that Sherman was released without bail.

A Redmond Police Department spokesperson told TMZ on Wednesday that "officers showed up to a residence in the Redmond area after receiving a call from the occupants inside the home who claimed a family member who did not live there was trying to break in." They went on to arrest Sherman, but his wife, Ashley Moss, said that everything was OK after the incident.

"He didn’t harm anybody. My kids were not harmed in the incident," Moss told The Seattle Times. "He’s a good person and this is not his character. We’re doing all right, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured."

The Tacoma News Tribune reported on Wednesday that Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said that Sherman is being charged because of his relation to the occupants at the address and "not because of violence against any family member/significant other."

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In a 911 call obtained by KIRO Radio in Seattle, Moss can be heard saying Sherman was "drunk and belligerant" and that he was threatening to kill himself. She said that there were no weapons in the house, but that Sherman would try to fight police if they showed up. She also said that he had tried to fight her uncle.

The Seattle Times report said that Sherman had fought with police officers and that a police dog was used to assist with arresting him.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news of Sherman's arrest and also reported that he was denied bail.

Sherman was denied bail because a judge needs to set it "due to the felony nature of the incident," per NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann. Sherman's hearing will take place Thursday. He will remain in the King County Correctional Facility until then.


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Schefter reported that Sherman is also being investigated in connection with a single-car hit and run. The vehicle is registered to Sherman.

The NFL Players Association issued a statement on Sherman's arrest and said the organization had activated its "domestic violence crisis protocol." Sherman is a vice president on the NFLPA's executive committee.

We were made aware of an arrest last night of one of our player leaders for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved. We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Why was Richard Sherman arrested?

Police responded to a residence in the Redmond, Wash., area after a family member who didn't live at the home attempted to break in, TMZ reported. The family member allegedly was Sherman, though police wouldn't confirm the name of the suspect.

Sherman was arrested on suspicion of burglary domestic violence and denied bail. Additionally, an extreme risk protection order has been mandated in this case.

Authorities have yet to provide further details about Sherman's arrest. The case is sealed, according to a notice filed in King County Superior Court.

What is burglary domestic violence?

Washington state law defines two degrees of burglary charges that can be involved with domestic violence. The lesser of the two is burglary in the second degree.

The charge is defined as follows, according to domestic violence defense firm Karimi Law:

A person is guilty of burglary in the second degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a building other than a vehicle or a dwelling.

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This is considered a Class B felony. Penalties can include:

  • Up to 10 years of jail time
  • A fine up to $20,000

The first-degree offense is considered a Class A felony.

A person is guilty of burglary in the first degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a building and if, in entering or while in the building or in immediate flight therefrom, the actor or another participant in the crime (a) is armed with a deadly weapon, or (b) assaults any person.

The penalties for first-degree burglary domestic violence can include:

  • A lifetime jail sentence
  • Up to $50,000 in fines

What are the charges against Richard Sherman?

Sherman instead faces five lesser misdemeanor charges after prosecutors downgraded the charges from burglary domestic violence.

  • Criminal trespass in the second degree
  • Malicious mischief in the third degree
  • Resisting arrest
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Reckless endangerment of roadway workers

The misdemeanors carry varrying sentence lengths if Sherman is convicted, none more than a year in jail. He is expected to plead not guilty during an arraignment Friday.

Richard Sherman arrest timeline

  • Sherman was arrested at 6:08 a.m. PT July 14. He was denied bail. An extreme risk protection order was entered against him earlier in the year.
  • Sherman is also being investigated in a single-car hit-and-run accident. The vehicle involved was registered to him.
  • Sherman is a free agent. He played in five games for the 49ers in 2020, making 18 tackles and recording one interception.
  • Sherman was released on July 15. His charges were downgraded to criminal trespass, malicious mischief, DUI and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

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