Former Tiger Xavier Crawford Pleads Guilty Ahead of Rape Trial

Former Tiger Xavier Crawford Pleads Guilty Ahead of Rape Trial

Former University of Memphis football star and convicted rapist Xavier Crawford pleaded guilty to additional rapes two weeks before he was to stand trial for the crimes.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Former University of Memphis football star and convicted rapist Xavier Crawford pleaded guilty to additional rapes two weeks before he was to stand trial for the crimes.

On Tuesday, April 2, Crawford pleaded guilty to two counts of Aggravated Rape and one count each of Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Burglary.

The charges stem from two incidents. In November 2004, Crawford raped a 43-year-old woman in northeast Memphis. Then in February 2009, he raped a female relative, who was six-months pregnant at the time. Crawford also threatened to kill her with a grill fork.

Last May, a jury found Crawford guilty of brutally raping and robbing an elderly woman in February 2009. The 67-year-old woman was attacked in the driveway of her Raleigh home and was hospitalized for 18 days for extensive facial injuries.

As part of the plea, Crawford agreed to two sentences of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentences will run concurrently with his current sentence of 37 years without parole for his previous rape conviction.

Xavier Crawford, known to many as 'The X-Man,' was once one of the most sought after football players in the country.

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