Corwin Brown, who played in the NFL for eight seasons and also had two stints as an NFL assistant coach, has pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, to confining and battering his wife last year.
In August of last year Brown barricaded himself and his wife in their home, leading to a police standoff. He shot himself in the abdomen before police entered the home.
Brown’s guilty plea to two Class D felonies means he could be sentenced to up to six years in prison, but his attorneys have requested that any prison time be suspended. He will be sentenced in August.
Brown, who played for the Patriots, Jets and Lions and was on the coaching staffs of the Patriots and Jets, claims not to remember much of what happened during the incident in question. His family has said it believes brain trauma suffered on the football field led to his actions, and has noted similarities to the suicide of Dave Duerson.