Super Bowl-winning cornerback Richard Sherman has been charged with burglary domestic violence and is being held at King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington. Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news earlier today via Twitter.
"Free-agent CB Richard Sherman was booked at 6:08 this am at the Seattle Correctional Facility for 'Burglary Domestic Violence,' per King County public records. Sherman also was denied bail," the NFL insider tweeted.
Sherman is accused of attempting to break into the home of a family member in Redmond, Washington at approximately 2 a.m. PT. In response, a male family member called 911 and officers arrived shortly thereafter. When officers arrived, Sherman was reportedly outside of the home and police have accused him of resisting arrest. After he was apprehended and handcuffed, the NFL star was taken to a nearby hospital for a medical examination. Once he passed the medical examination, he was transported to a local correctional facility.
Under state law in Washington, burglary domestic violence is considered a felony. The charge is broken into the following two categories: Class A and Class B. If convicted, Class A burglary domestic violence can carry a lifetime jail sentence and a fine of up to $50,000.
"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," a description of the Class A charge reads.
Given that Sherman does not have a violent criminal history and he reportedly did not harm anyone with a deadly weapon, it is more likely that he will be charged with Class B burglary domestic violence. The Class B charge carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
"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," a description of the Class B charge reads.
In addition to being charged with burglary domestic violence, a car registered to the Super Bowl winner is also the subject of a separate police investigation. One hour before Sherman is accused of attempting to break into a family member's house, a car that is registered to him crashed into a concrete barrier and was abandoned in a nearby parking lot. Before cops could track down Sherman on a blood search warrant, he was found in Redmond, Washington at the aforementioned male family member's home.
Sherman has not been charged in connection with the single-car crash. He is currently being held at King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington without bail. The former Seattle Seahawks star is expected to receive bail once he sees a judge.
Sherman has not issued a public statement, but the National Football League Player's Association has commented on the matter. The NFLPA's statement did not identify Sherman by name, but the organization is looking into the arrest.
This story is developing and more details will be added as it unfolds.
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