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Former NFL Player Receives Life Sentence For Natomas Crimes

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Keith Wright (credit: Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.)

Keith Wright (credit: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept.)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A former NFL player was sentenced to life in prison Friday after being convicted of several armed home invasions in Natomas.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Savage sentenced Keith Wright to 114 years to life, plus 120 years and eight months in prison.

Last month, Wright, 32, was convicted by jury of 19 charges, including forcible oral copulation, armed robbery, kidnapping, first -degree burglary, and false imprisonment for a series of crimes last year.

On July 21, Aug.  8, and Aug. 21 of 2011, Wright committed three home invasion robberies in the Natomas area.  Each time, Wright threatened the victims with a firearm, demanding money and property.

During one of the robberies, Wright sexually assaulted and kidnapped the female victim, forcing her to drive to two different banks and withdraw money.

Wright was determined to be a suspect in the Aug. 8 robbery after it was discovered he exchanged rare foreign currency stolen during that robbery at a currency exchange business. He was linked to the Aug. 21 robbery and sexual assault through DNA analysis.

Property from each of the victims was found during a search of Wright’s home.

Wright played at Sacramento City College in 1999 and was an All-Big 12 defensive end at Missouri. He was drafted by the Houston Texans and signed to a $925,000 contract in 2003, but then bounced around NFL practice squads the next several seasons, last playing for the Detroit Lions in 2006.

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