49ers linebacker facing 11 years for alleged brutal girlfriend attack

Reuben Foster

Former Alabama LB Reuben Foster has reportedly made bail after being formally charged with multiple domestic violence felonies Thursday.

Prosecutors said the 24-year-old National Football League player allegedly attacked his 28-year-old girlfriend on February 11 during an argument in their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and rupturing one of her eardrums. The sheriff's office says the victim suffered bruises and a ruptured eardrum and had to be taken to the hospital.

The girlfriend told police she was physically attacked after an argument at the couple's home. Each is a felony. In addition, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of a large capacity weapon magazine.

If convicted, officials said Foster could face more than 11 years in prison.

Foster was scheduled arraigned on Thursday.

"Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners", deputy district attorney Kevin Smith said in a statement.

Kevin Smith, deputy district attorney in the family violence unit, said the charges "underscore how serious we take all domestic violence in this county", noting that the Foster case is just one of almost 5,000 domestic violence cases his office handles each year. "We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest". The district attorney said that during a search of his home, police discovered a Sig Sauer 516 and a large-capacity magazine, which are both illegal to own under California law. "We will continue to follow this serious matter", the statement continues. "Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process".

The 49ers' linebacker is coming off his rookie season, one that would see him play in just 10 games. Sherman said (via NFL Network) Foster does not have family in the area.

In August 2015, Santa Clara County prosecutors filed a misdemeanor sexual battery charge against 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks over an encounter with an intoxicated woman at a December house party held at McDonald's house.

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