On Thursday, SI.com reported that the rape case between former Boise State and current Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and an ex-Baylor soccer player had been mishandled. Now, it seems that the case — which has been long-standing since the fall of 2013 — has finally been closed.
Ukwuachu was dismissed from Boise State in May of 2013 and he transferred to Waco to play for the Bears. He was forced to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules and hoped to be a big piece of the Bears’ defense in 2014.
That was until he was indicted on rape charges in July of that year, causing him to miss the 2014 season as well.
It is apparent now that Ukwuachu will probably never get the opportunity to play for the Bears or any other college team in the future after the court ruling.
Ukwuachu was found guilty of raping the former Baylor soccer player late Thursday night.
No sentencing has come out on the ruling, but the case has already moved into the penalty phase. Ukwuachu faces up to twenty years in prison. He was obviously upset about the verdict in the courtroom.
Ukwuachu is crying loudly as Judge Matt Johnson polls the jury about its verdict.
— Tommy Witherspoon (@TSpoonFeed) August 21, 2015
The university gave a statement on the ruling about Ukwuachu.
It doesn’t look like things will get any better for the defensive end in the future. He made a mistake and now he is going to have to pay the price. I hope this plays as a lesson to the rest of the college athletic world.
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