LARAMIE — Carl Granderson has been released from jail after a judge modified the former Wyoming football player’s sentence stemming from his sexual battery case.
Sixth Judicial District Court Judge John Perry suspended Granderson’s six-month jail sentence and placed him on six months of supervised probation after ruling the New Orleans Saints signee was entitled to a new sentencing hearing, according to documents filed Friday in Albany County District Court. That sentence will run consecutive to one year of supervised probation, which was handed down as part of the original sentencing.
Granderson had been held at the Albany County Detention Center since July 11 after judge Tori Kricken rejected a plea deal agreed to by the state and the defense and instead sentenced him on one count of unlawful contact and one count of sexual battery, both misdemeanors. Granderson was released from jail Friday.
Granderson’s lawyer, Megan Goetz, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday afternoon.
Perry approved the transfer of Granderson’s probation to another state. Granderson, who wasn’t selected in this year’s NFL Draft, signed with the Saints as a free agent in April but was put on the team’s reserve/did-not-report list after not showing up for training camp last month.
The ruling came weeks after Goetz requested a new trial and filed motion seeking to allow her client to withdraw his no-contest pleas, the latter of which was denied. In court documents filed last week, Goetz argued Kricken’s decision to reject the plea deal and sentence Granderson was “manifest injustice” and called into question the judge’s methods, including a phone call placed to Granderson’s therapist shortly before the sentencing proceedings were held.
In his ruling, Perry, who took over proceedings in the case earlier this month, said that outside communication “cast a shadow” over the proceedings and has “the appearance of impropriety.”
“To be clear, based on the information currently before the court, the ex parte communication was in no way damaging to defendant,” Perry wrote. “However, that fact simply does not matter. Ex parte communications of this nature are improper regardless — and even moreso when instituted by the sitting judge. In any analysis employed, there is simply no other just conclusion.”
Charges were originally filed against Granderson in February after two female UW students accused the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder of touching them sexually without their consent at his off-campus apartment just days after Wyoming’s final game of last season.
Follow UW athletics beat writer Davis Potter on Twitter at @DavisEPotter
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