Marcus Randle El, a former University of Wisconsin football player who played for the Badgers from 2004 to 2007, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the 2020 murders of two women.
Randle El may even be eligible to seek early release with this verdict.
Rock County Judge Barbara McCrory said Wednesday he could seek early release and extended custody after 60 years, according to WISC-TV.
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In January, Randle El, 33, was convicted of double first-degree murder and other charges in the February 2020 shooting death of 27-year-old Brittany McAdory and 30-year-old Seairaha Winchester in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Winchester’s mother, Justine Watson, took the stand after the sentencing.
“To see my daughter lying there lifeless was heartbreaking,” Watson said on WKOW-TV. “Even worse was knowing that her daughters now have to go through life without their mother.”
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Prosecutors argued that the former wide receiver killed Winchester after suspecting she was informing police about his drug dealing and that he killed McAdory to eliminate her as a witness.
Although no murder weapon was found, investigators said they had surveillance footage and text messages linking him to the crimes. The defense argued that the state failed to meet its burden of proof and called only two witnesses.
The former college football player declined to testify in his own defense.
Randle El is the brother of former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and current Detroit Lions coach Antwaan Randle El.
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“That’s not who he is or who we’ve met,” said Antwaan Randle El. “All I ask of the judge is to give him (an) opportunity.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.