Chad Wheeler was recently accused of strangling his girlfriend until she lost consciousness. He has pled not guilty.
The next step in Chad Wheeler‘s felony domestic violence case has occurred.
Wheeler, a former Giants and Seahawks offensive lineman, pleaded not guilty on Monday. Last month, the 27-year-old was accused of strangling his girlfriend until she became unconscious. The victim was bleeding and suffered a dislocated arm from the attack. Wheeler allegedly committed the act when she refused to bow to him and was surprised she was alive when she regained consciousness and rushed to a bathroom to dial 911.
He was arrested, held at Kings County Jail in Washington State, and subsequently charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest. If convicted, Wheeler could be facing a prison sentence of 8-12 years. He was arraigned at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, Washington.
The former USC Trojan was released from jail on a $400,000 bond by last Tuesday but will need to be under home confinement while wearing an ankle monitor.
Wheeler issued an apology via Twitter last Wednesday in which he revealed he was taking time away from football. The Seahawks additionally released Wheeler, who was set to be a free agent this offseason.
Wheeler apparently suffers from bipolar disorder, but according to the victim, hadn’t been taking his medication when the alleged attack occurred.
The NFLer played in just five games for Seattle this past season. Amid this horrifying situation, it’s unclear if he’ll ever play in a game again.