Former Seattle Seahawks player Chad Wheeler is scheduled to be sentenced March 1 for two domestic violence assault convictions after he attacked his then girlfriend in 2021 at a Kent apartment. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks

Former Seattle Seahawks player Chad Wheeler is scheduled to be sentenced March 1 for two domestic violence assault convictions after he attacked his then girlfriend in 2021 at a Kent apartment. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks

Sentencing date for ex-Seahawks player Wheeler extended to March 1

Jury convicted Wheeler in November 2023 for assaults in 2021 in Kent against his then girlfriend

Chad Wheeler, a former Seattle Seahawks reserve tackle, faces a March 1, 2024 sentencing date for two domestic violence assault convictions for attacking his then girlfriend in 2021 at their Kent apartment.

A King County Superior Court jury convicted Wheeler of first-degree domestic violence assault and second-degree domestic violence assault on Nov. 9, 2023. He had initial sentencing dates of Dec. 14, 2023 and Jan. 11, 2024, but each time a judge has agreed to continue the case.

“The defense brought a number of motions that need to be litigated prior to proceeding with sentencing, which is not uncommon,” said Casey McNerthney, spokesperson for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in an email.

Wheeler remains in custody in the county jail at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, according to jail records.

Wheeler, who turns 30 on Jan. 19, played in five games for the Seahawks in 2020 before they released him. He played two years for the New York Giants prior to Seattle.

Prosecutors will seek a mandatory minimum sentence of five years after the jury found via a special verdict that Wheeler used force or means likely to result in death.

Kent Police arrested Wheeler Jan. 22, 2021 after the reported attack in the apartment. He was booked into the King County jail on Jan. 23, 2021 and released three days later after he posted bail, which was set at $400,000. A judge ordered Wheeler to remain in the King County area (King, Pierce and Snohomish counties) while on electronic home detention.

According to court documents, Wheeler attacked his then girlfriend at about 9:46 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2021 in their Kent unit at the Berkeley Heights Apartments, 22804 90th Way S., that they shared since November 2020. Officers responded to multiple 911 calls, including one from Wheeler’s girlfriend who reported that she was being “killed.”

Officers arrived at the apartment and heard screaming from inside. Officers forced their way into the apartment and saw a pool of blood on a bed comforter adjacent to a bathroom, where they found Wheeler and his then girlfriend. Her face was covered in blood and her left arm limp at her side, according to court documents.

Wheeler was standing behind her and said, “Sorry, I don’t beat women,” as officers tried to detain him. Wheeler, who is 6 feet 7 inches and at the time of the attack weighed 310 pounds, battled with officers to stop them from handcuffing him, according to court documents. He fought off three officers in the bathroom and was only detained after officers used hand strikes and fired Tasers at him.

Paramedics transported the woman to Valley Medical Center in Renton. She suffered a fractured left arm and dislocated elbow. She had experienced chest pain and had difficulty breathing. She also had a swollen face.

The woman locked herself in the bathroom after she regained consciousness and sent text messages to friends and family asking that they call 911, not wanting to make any voice calls herself for fear of Wheeler hearing. When she tried to flee out of the second door to the bathroom, Wheeler met her at the door. Officers then arrived and heard the woman screaming.

The woman told police she believed Wheeler suffered from bi-polar disorder and had not been taking his medication.

After Wheeler’s release from jail, he posted several tweets Jan. 27, 2021 about the incident.

“Events happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode, Wheeler said. “I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused to (his girlfriend) and her family.”

In his second tweet, he said:

“I apologize profusely for the turmoil that I have caused to my family, teammates, fans and those closest to me. The most important thing right now is that (his then girlfriend) gets the care she needs and I get help. Both are happening.”

Wheeler tweeted he will get help.

“It is time for me to walk away from football and get the help I need to never again pose a threat to another. I cannot express my sorrow or remorse enough. I am truly ashamed.”

Alleah Taylor, Wheeler’s then girlfriend, told “CBS This Morning,” in a February 2021 exclusive interview when she revealed her name to the public, that she is “beyond grateful” to be alive.

“I really feel like God has blessed me with another chance,” Taylor said in the interview. “And I wanna try to use the time I’ve been blessed with... to help other people. And to get the story out. And make sure people don’t feel alone. And that this doesn’t happen again.”

Taylor said she blacked out twice before the attack was over.

“I had touched my face,” Taylor said. “And I looked down, and there was, there’s blood on my hand...I remember getting up and running to the bathroom. Chad was standing by the bed, by the doorway. And he was sipping his smoothie and was, like, ‘Wow, you’re, you’re still alive.’”

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