Former Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated assault in a domestic violence case Friday morning, more than a year after his arrest on domestic violence-related charges.
He was taken into custody immediately after the Pima County Superior Court hearing.
Bradford was arrested last September after two women came forward to say that he’d assaulted them on more than one occasion, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.
He was subsequently charged with 10 felonies and five misdemeanors.
Judge Teresa Godoy said that based on the charges, a sentence of prison time was her “only option” in the case.
He now faces between 2-7ƒ years in prison. He also faces fines up to $150,000 and restitution of up to $50,000 for each of the two victims.
He’ll be required to serve 85 percent of the prison sentence Godoy imposes during his Nov. 20 sentencing hearing. He’ll also be required to undergo community supervision upon his release.
Bradford, 21, was emotional in court as he answered Godoy’s questions and admitted to choking each of the women.
At one point, Adam Cirzan, Bradford’s attorney, put his hand on Bradford’s back in an effort to comfort the young man.
One of Bradford’s victims was in the courtroom and Godoy addressed the woman, telling her she’d have the opportunity to provide input on Bradford’s sentence.
Bradford’s girlfriend at the time came forward to police last year after the pair argued about a scratch on her car and later, her reluctance to eat a Wendy’s Frosty that he’d bought her, according to a Tucson Police Department’s incident report.
Later, the couple fought. Bradford pushed her onto the bed and began choking her, the report says.
The woman told police that Bradford let go of her neck, locked the bedroom door and took his shirt off before punching her in the ribs.
The day after the first arrest, a second woman came forward to say that she was also in a relationship with Bradford and he abused her multiple times between January and September.
In March, one of the women filed a $1 million notice of claim against the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents, its governing organization, for failing to stop Bradford’s allegedly violent behavior.
The claim says that the UA’s athletic department knew about Bradford’s violent behavior toward her and another female student — who had previously been in a romantic relationship with him — and failed to take appropriate action.
Bradford entered the 2016 season as the Wildcats’ presumptive backup running back.
He played in two games, gaining 16 yards, before he was dismissed from the team on the day of his arrest.