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Prosecutors say former National Football League cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Southern California home. The 34-year-old also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanour counts of cruelty to a child.

He is alleged to have broken into an ex-girlfriend's apartment where he dragged and "smothered her in a carpet" in front of her two children. Browner was identified as the intruder and allegedly physically forced his ex-girlfriend back into the home when she attempted to escape.

Along with breaking into the home and forcing the victim to stay, Browner allegedly dipped off from the scene before police got there with a Rolex watch worth about $20,000. In exchange, the remaining charges (robbery, burglary and false imprisonment) were dropped, according to TMZ. Browner was immediately remanded into custody during the hearing and is back behind bars, but he did receive credit for 300 days for the time he's spent behind bars since he was taken into police custody after his arrest in July. Browner was just sentenced to eight years in prison stemming from a July incident.

Browner played four seasons with Calgary from 2007 to 2011, registering 12 interceptions while being named a three-time CFL all-star. In Seattle, he was a member of the "Legion of Boom" defensive backfield, leaving to join the Patriots as a free agent in 2014 for one year.