Former NFL Player Chad Wheeler Convicted in Domestic Violence Case

Chad Wheeler as a member of the N.Y. Giants.

Chad Wheeler, a former offensive lineman in the NFL, was convicted on Thursday of two counts of domestic violence related to a 2021 incident involving his then-girlfriend, Alleah Taylor. The King County jury found Wheeler guilty of first-degree and second-degree assault/domestic violence but acquitted him of unlawful imprisonment.

Wheeler, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants, was arrested in January 2021. According to reports, he pinned Taylor down and choked her twice, causing her to lose consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness, Taylor, who suffered a fractured humerus and dislocated elbow, was reportedly told by Wheeler that he was surprised she was still alive.

The jury’s verdict allows the state to pursue a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the first-degree assault charge, as they concluded that Wheeler’s actions could have resulted in death. Additionally, the severity of Taylor’s injuries led to an aggravator on the second-degree assault charge, potentially leading to a sentence above the standard range.

Wheeler, who has bipolar disorder, claimed to have been experiencing a “manic episode” during the assault. Taylor expressed uncertainty about whether the assault was connected to Wheeler’s mental health condition.

Following his arrest, Wheeler was waived by the Seahawks and has remained unsigned in the NFL. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, leading to several trial delays due to defense requests for continuances and expert evaluations.

Wheeler has been taken into custody and is scheduled for sentencing on December 14. Taylor, responding to the conviction, expressed relief on social media, stating, “I finally have justice ????????❤️.”

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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